(Location Changed!)(2024 March 5) Spy Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controvers

When:  Mar 5, 2024 from 17:30 to 20:30 (PT)
Associated with  Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section

RSVP and Information: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/bsdejx8/lp/bd902c15-beed-460e-9a71-6809be63163a

(The venue is changed to Redondo Beach in Northrop Grumman Space Park - S-Cafe)
(The existing registrants will be honored.)
AIAA LA LV 3/5 Section Meeting
(You do not need to be a member of AIAA to attend the event)
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Spy Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy
Based on newly available information, the son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers presents the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that his father was part of, and was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies (2015).
Francis Gary Powers Jr.
MPA, MA US History
Founder and Chairman Emeritus - The Cold War Museum
Board Member - The SAC and Aerospace Museum
Honorary Board - The International Spy Museum
Introduction & Moderation
Dr. Jeff Puschell
AIAA Region VI Director of Education, AIAA Fellow,
Advisor, AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section
National Academy of Engineering Inductee 2024, SPIE Fellow
Chief Engineer, EO/IR Payloads
Northrop Grumman Corporation | Space Systems
(From the Speaker, Mr. Gary Powers Jr.) The topic of this talk/lecture is the same title as my new book. During my 1-hour presentation I discuss the Cold War, U-2 Incident, the controversy that surrounded my father, what the family has done to set the record straight, and the Steven Spielberg's 2015 movie Bridge of Spies that portrays my father's exchange for Soviet spy Rudolph Abel in 1962.
Who? Francis Gary Powers Jr.
Francis Gary Powers Jr. is the founder and chairman emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity in Vint Hill, Virginia, near Washington, DC. As chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study, he worked with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for commemorating, interpreting, and preservation. He served as a consultant to Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies. He lectures internationally and appears regularly on the History, Discovery, and A&E Channels.
The Moderator: Dr. Jeff Puschell
Dr. Jeff Puschell is AIAA Region VI Director of Education, AIAA Fellow, Advisor, AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section. He is also National Academy of Engineering Inductee 2024, and SPIE Fellow.
He is Chief Engineer, EO/IR Payloads, Northrop Grumman Corporation | Space Systems.
Where? (maps below)
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Building S-Cafeteria (S-Cafe)
Simon Ramo Drive (One Space Park)
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(South of 105 Hwy / LAX, North/East of PCH 1, West of 405 Hwy)
Parking Information:
Once getting on Marine, turn south on Simon Ramo Drive. Keep going, passing the tall E2 building with Northrop Grumman sign on the top of that building, and the parking lot for S-Cafe will be on your right.
Please don't use "One Space Park" on your GPS or Google Map, which will may not lead to the correct building. "Simon Ramo Drive" might lead you to the crossroad of Marine/Simon Ramo Drive. Then please turn south and follow the directions above. Thank you.
(This event is not sponsored or endorsed by Northrop Grumman Corporation.)
Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Introduction/Presentation at 7 PM.
(Seats/Tickets are limited. Please RSVP at your early conveniences.)
Dress Code
Business Casual
Tentative Agenda: (All Time PST (GMT -0800)) (US and Canada)
1730 Check-in, Networking
1800 Dinner (for those who order the dinner) / Networking
1900 Presentation and Q&A
2000 Book-signing / Networking
2030 Adjourn (Attendees can stay slightly longer for extended networking, if needed.)
Coordinating Organization: 
AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section


S-Cafe, Northrop Grumman Space Park
Simon Ramo Drive (One Space Park)
Building S-Cafeteria (S-Cafe)
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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