Legends of Airpower

Francis Gary Powers

In 1960, Francis Gary Powers made headlines as the first U-2 pilot to be shot down. Captured in Russia, his safe return was demanded by the United States. Instead, the Russians sentenced him to ten years in prison, beginning the “U-2 Incident” and heightening Cold War tensions.
  • program length: 30 minutes
  • episode #211

Wednesday, December 12 at 4:00 am on 12.2

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  • Tuesday, December 11 at 9:30 am on 12.2

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Fifty-two men and women who made America’s air power the most respected in the world are profiled in this award-winning series. The series features exclusive interviews with Legends such as Chuck Yeager, Jim Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, and Paul Tibbetts. Spanning the first century of flight, Legends of Airpower effortlessly relates the life and times of these heroes.