Wear a pretty color tomorrow for a cause close to my heart forever
After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on May 1. 1960, NASA issued a press release with a cover story about a U-2 conducting weather research that may have strayed off course after the pilot reported difficulties with his oxygen equipment. To bolster the cover-up, a U-2 was quickly painted in NASA markings, with a fictitious NASA serial number, and put on display for the news media at the NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base on May 6, 1960. The U-2 cover story in 1956 was that it was an NACA plane to conduct high-altitude weather research. But various observers doubted this story from the beginning. Certainly the Soviets did not believe it once the aircraft began overflying their territory. The NASA cover story quickly blew up in the agency’s face when both Gary Powers and aircraft wreckage were displayed by the Soviet Union, proving that it was a reconnaissance aircraft. This caused embarrassment for several top NASA officials.
Greatest picture ever? Probably.
"Gillian was kind enough and I’ve never said this, but I was aware that when I was directing that.. I know she was tired. And there were times when we would be more prepared or less, let’s say, than other times. And she really was there and you can see it in that scene. She’s really just doing just wonderful work for me, you know? And I really felt like it was for me, and it was just really.. I recognized it and I don’t think I’ve ever told you.." - David Duchovny
Guys…do you think the other five were there to greet Scotty?
Of course they were
Godspeed, Scott Carpenter.
I’ll be posting a lot of pictures over the next few days, but I wanted to start out with these two - my favorites of Scott.
Because I felt like posting photos of Gus and Deke happily building a fence together.
I kind of always feel like doing this!