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Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM PST
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5:30 pm - 6:50 pm Check-in, Networking, Buffet Dinner
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Introduction (Prof. Mike Gruntman)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Presentation and Q&A
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Networking
9:30 pm                     Adjourn


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11022 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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(East of LAX & Pacific Coast Hwy 1, North of 105/Imperial Hwy, West of 405 Hwy, South of W. Century Blvd./Hwy 10)

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American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section

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  $4.95 Presentation Only - No Dinner: Stduent (6 yr old+) 
  $9.95 Presentation Only - No Dinner: Regular
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$34.95 Dinner Ticket: Regular

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AIAA LA-LV 3/5 Special Dinner Meeting

Thursday, March 5 , 2020
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
Prof. Mike Gruntman
Professor of Astronautics at USC, and
Author of many scholarly publications in space physics & technologies

The Topic:
(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.

The Speaker:
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 works 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:
Prof. Mike Gruntman


Mike Gruntman is Professor of Astronautics at USC and author, with more than 300 scholarly publications in space physics and space technology. AIAA published two his books on history of rocketry, spacecraft, and missile defense. Mike is Associate Fellow of AIAA.