Lot 445: American military pilot (1929–1977) who attained worldwide notoriety in 1960 when the U-2 spy plane he was piloting was shot down over the Soviet Union. Powers was killed in 1977 when the news helicopter he was flying ran out of fuel and crashed a few miles from the airport. Signed book: Operation Overflight: The U-2 Spy Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time. First edition. NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 375 pages. Signed and inscribed on a free end page in black felt tip, "To Lorraine Armstrong, Best wishes, It was nice talking to you, Francis Gary Powers, June 20, 1970." A uniform block of toning to the signed page, and some light creasing, soiling, and chipping to dust jacket, otherwise fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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