Francis Gary Powers U-2C Coin
This coin was created to mark the occasion of an illustrated talk in the UK by Francis Gary Powers Jnr, Founder of the Cold War Museum and son of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down by the Soviet Air Defence Forces on the 1st May 1960 whilst undertaking photographic aerial reconnaissance deep inside Soviet territory. Powers had taken off from Peshawar, Pakistan and crashed near Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union after being hit by an S-75 Dvina (SA-2 Guideline) surface-to-air missile. Powers parachuted to safety and was captured.
The coin features the tail of GLAND SLAM Lockheed U-2C Article 360 that Powers flew on that fateful day along with a recreation of his signature. The opposite side shows the route taken from Peshawar in Pakistan that should have ultimately ended in a safe landing at Bodø in Norway.
The 2.00″ coin comes in its own presentation box with a numbered insert card signed by Francis Gary Powers Jnr.