Mayday 1960: Reassessing the U-2 Shoot Down
U-2 Operations, with former U-2 Pilot Charles P. Wilson 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Panel I: The U-2 and the Missile Gap
Drawing upon imagery from the last few U-2 flights over the Soviet Union which has never before been seen in public, Panel I will focus on the role of signals intelligence, newly developed photo-reconnaissance satellites and the U-2 in resolving the missile-gap debate.
Panel II: The U-2 Shoot Down
U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union on 1 May 1960 provoking a major Cold War incident which led to the cancellation of a planned superpower summit.
Drawing upon newly declassified documents on the Board of Inquiry which examined Powers' conduct during the shootdown and his subsequent captivity, Panel II will examine the repercussions of the U-2 shoot down in international politics and intelligence history.
Generous Support for this seminar has been provided by Raytheon Systems Co.
U-2 Operations, with former U-2 Pilot Charles P. Wilson
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.