Operation Overflight: The U-2 Spy Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time

In this new edition of his classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U 2 incident, pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history After surviving the shoot down of his reconnaissance plane and his capture on May 1, 1960, Powers endured sixty one days of rigorous interrogation by the KGB,In this new edition of his classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U 2 incident, pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history After surviving the shoot down of his reconnaissance plane and his capture on May 1, 1960, Powers endured sixty one days of rigorous interrogation by the KGB, a public trial, a conviction for espionage, and the start of a ten year sentence After nearly two years, the U.S government obtained his release from prison in a dramatic exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel The narrative is a tremendously exciting suspense story about a man who was labeled a traitor by many of his countrymen but who emerged a Cold War hero.
Operation Overflight The U Spy Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time In this new edition of his classic memoir about the notorious U incident pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Co

  • Title: Operation Overflight: The U-2 Spy Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time
  • Author: Francis Gary Powers Curt Gentry
  • ISBN: 9780030830457
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Operation Overflight: The U-2 Spy Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time”

    1. This was a neat book for a whole bunch of reasons. It was an incredibly fascinating and well-written memoir about the pilot of a super awesome, top-secret reconnaissance plane who gets trapped in Soviet Russia after a near-fatal crash landing. What’s not to love? I realize that this is insanely tangential and nowhere close to an actual review, but the main takeaway point for me was that I WANT TO BE A U-2 PILOT. I’m not kidding. In another life, I think I’m just going to go for it: join th [...]

    2. On May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers took off from an air force base in Pakistan on an overflight of the Soviet Union in a U-2 spy plane. Detected by Soviet radar over Sverdlovsk, Powers' aircraft was targeted by many missiles and interceptor aircraft. Ultimately, Powers' plane was struck by a near miss and he was forced to bail out over the Soviet Union. Standing trial in Moscow, Powers' was sentenced to ten years of captivity and labor.Powers spent 18 months in Soviet prisons after his capture. [...]

    3. U.S. Concedes Flight Over Soviet, Defends Search For Intelligence; Russians Hold Downed Pilot As SpySo read the headline of the May 8, 1960 edition of the New York Times.Operation Overflight: A Memoir of the U-2 Incident by Francis Gary Powers is an invaluable first-hand account of one of the most controversial episodes of the entire Cold War. It chronicles Powers’ stranger than fiction experiences in the US Air Force, as a CIA contracted U-2 pilot, and in the Soviet prison where he was sent a [...]

    4. Teton County Library Call No: BIO POWERS FKevin's rating: 5 starsU.S. Concedes Flight Over Soviet, Defends Search For Intelligence; Russians Hold Downed Pilot As SpySo read the headline of the May 8, 1960 edition of the New York Times.Operation Overflight: A Memoir of the U-2 Incident by Francis Gary Powers is an invaluable first-hand account of one of the most controversial episodes of the entire Cold War. It chronicles Powers’ stranger than fiction experiences in the US Air Force, as a CIA c [...]

    5. I was very interested in reading this book. a pilot and years ago in 1959 as a Navy enlisted plane captain I went with our planes, S2F anti submarine aircraft to the Atsugi Japan base where U 2 s were operating. I didn't see any. It we knew they were there. The U 2 incident happened just 4 months before I finished my Navy enlistment and entered college. I remember wel the press that focused on the capture of Pilot Francis Gary Powers. At the time he was protaid as a submissive captured pilot who [...]

    6. Was Lee Harvey Oswald involved behind the scenes that led up to the U-2 incident??? I didn't know much about pilot Francis Gary Powers before reading this book other than the basic facts that he piloted a U-2 spy plane and that he was involved in a prisoner exchange made popular lately by the movie "Bridge of Spies". Because of my ignorance of the history of the U-2 program and the overflights over Russia back in the late 1950's, I was unaware of the controversy of opinions over Francis Gary Pow [...]

    7. This could have easily been a James Bond novel, except of course, that it's all real. It's a no nonsense account of how Powers was approached, and eventually accepted, his job as a civilian CIA pilot. And later how he began over flying Russia (illegally) for intelligence gathering. He covers every aspect, from pre-flight, to his shoot down, capture, "trial", and imprisonment in clear, concise detail. What I also enjoyed was that he didn't hold anything back. He was a real man, with real problems [...]

    8. This is essentially a book in three parts. It starts with the back story to the U2 programme from a pilot's perspective and will appeal to the aviation enthusiast and those who love spy intrigue. Powers then goes into depth about capture, trial and imprisonment and this is admirably described, especially the mental stresses that accompany such an experience. Finally Powers delivers a heartfelt polemic on the rationale behind the overflights of Russia, the lack of contingency planning for a faile [...]

    9. The downing of Powers' U-2 in 1960 was headline news for a long time. It made us nervous and scared, it triggered the cancellation of an important U.S.-Soviet summit meeting and it made headline news out of a highly classified reconnaissance program. It also made President Eisenhower look foolish for denying the overflight of Soviet territory by U.S. aircraft. Here is the story from Powers showing what didn't make the evening news. He was made a scapegoat and his military career went directly in [...]

    10. The book has a couple of major sections, but for me it boiled down to three. The first one is mainly about Powerses' training, the U2 and flying it. I liked that part a lot. Follows the part about Russian prison. Also quite interesting. The last one about what happened after Powers came back to the US is the most disappointing one. To me it felt a lot like whining about who and how did him wrong, especially the part where he deals with the CIA. Not dignified at all. Overall, a good book for anyo [...]

    11. I read something about him in an article, so I said I'll check out this book. I was thinking I would just skim through it, look at the pictures, etc. But I ended up reading it from cover to cover, and found it fascinating!

    12. A good not to heavy nonfiction read that helps to make you understand in some ways how the cold war was really fought. This includes something of a modern day scheme behind what america said and what they did.

    13. Well written, but since it was written as a memoir of sorts, it of course leads one to have doubts to some validity. He seems like he was a great man, however, and I enjoyed the afterward by the son. Would have really liked to learn more about the coin and why it was given to him though. . .

    14. A great story, outlining an event that most folk know happened from the perspective of the flier in question. Interesting details about the event, the aftermath (personally and professionally) and the national politics surrounding the events.I enjoyed this book.

    15. There are two sides to every story and Gary tells his well. I need to watch "Bridge of Spy" again now that I understand his story, trial and imprisonment

    16. An interesting look into a small window of the Cold War through the eyes of a U2 spy plane pilot who found himself caught in the middle of global war politics.

    17. Interesting readI enjoyed this book. I'm sorry it took me so long to read it. If u are interested in the U2, I recommend this book

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