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He died a hero, but was never known a hero. I salute you Mr. Powers. It took a whole lot of BALL'S to fly the U-2!

And to Kelly Johnson and the entire SKUNK works that made it all possible.

1 posted on 02/10/2006 5:47:40 PM PST by oxcart
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To: A.A. Cunningham

(((PING)))


2 posted on 02/10/2006 5:49:14 PM PST by oxcart (Remember Bush lied.......People DYED... THEIR FINGERS! (M. Steyn))
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To: oxcart
Note to Worthless Scumbag Senators, "Secrets are meant to be Secret" and "Words mean things"

Senators have lost more respect in the last 10 years than the Houston Oilers...

TT
3 posted on 02/10/2006 5:55:34 PM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: oxcart

Died as a radio traffic, helicopter reporter when he let his chopper run out of gas. Always lived on the edge.


5 posted on 02/10/2006 6:25:14 PM PST by Bertha Fanation
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To: oxcart
Here's something from my collection of 45 rpm records:

The Trial of Francis Powers

(To the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)

In the stately hall of columns, 1960 was the year
When young Francis Gary Powers stood before the Russian bear.
They were trying him for spying; o'er the Soveits he flew,
In that famous plane, U 2.

Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Whe flew for Uncle Sam.

Far across the foreign waters, in the state, USSR
O'er the Lubyanka prison shines a bright, foreboding star.
In that godless land of Russia, in that vale of endless tears,
They gave him ten long years.

Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Whe flew for Uncle Sam.

In the future page of history, In the ages yet to come,
When free men speak of their heroes, and the deeds that they have done,
They will sing of Francis Powers, and the famous plane he flew
For the great Red, White, and Blue.

Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Glory, glory, he's a hero,
Whe flew for Uncle Sam.

Red River Dave [Dave McEnery], Savoy Records, 1960

7 posted on 02/10/2006 8:01:56 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: oxcart
Here's another record from my collection of 45 rpm records:

Ballad Of Francis Powers (There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere)

In a lonesome prison cell in darkest Russia,
There's a flier, Francis Powers is his name.
He was captured on a mission for his country,
And he'll never see Old Glory wave again.

When the clouds are hangin' high above the Kremlin,
And the moonbeams many happy memories bring,
"There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere,"
That's the song the Russian jailers hear him sing.

In a lonesome prison cell in godless Russia,
Where no Bible ever speaks His precious name,
There's the boy who flew the U2 for his country,
To make sure that no Pearl Harbor comes again.

When the clouds are hangin' high above the Kremlin,
And the moonbeams many happy memories bring,
"There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere,"
Waving o'er the land of heroes brave and true.

Red River Dave [Dave McEnery];
Recorded by Tommy Dee & His Teenaires, 1960

8 posted on 02/10/2006 8:13:14 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: oxcart

1962: Russia frees US spy plane pilot American spy plane pilot ==

In 1962 there were Soviet Union not Russia!


10 posted on 02/11/2006 4:04:55 AM PST by RusIvan ("THINK!" the motto of IBM)
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To: oxcart

I've always wondered why I didn't make the news on that day? Now I know. It was covered up by other Cold War News.

It was the same day I arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany on the USNS Gordon after having pulled KP for nine days.

RIP Capt. Powers.


11 posted on 02/11/2006 4:13:06 AM PST by leadpenny
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