American Experience: Spy in the Sky - The Untold Story of America's U-2 Spy Plane

Overview

Written, produced, and directed by Linda Garmon, this episode of the Emmy award-winning PBS series The American Experience chronicles the development of the CIA supersonic spy plane dubbed the U-2, and the international crisis triggered when American pilot Francis Gary Powers got shot down while flying the jet over the Soviet Union. As Roy Scheider narrates, the 1960 incident ended U-2 flights over the Soviet Union, but it was a U-2 that later discovered the missiles the Russians tried to sneak into Cuba. The ...
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Overview

Written, produced, and directed by Linda Garmon, this episode of the Emmy award-winning PBS series The American Experience chronicles the development of the CIA supersonic spy plane dubbed the U-2, and the international crisis triggered when American pilot Francis Gary Powers got shot down while flying the jet over the Soviet Union. As Roy Scheider narrates, the 1960 incident ended U-2 flights over the Soviet Union, but it was a U-2 that later discovered the missiles the Russians tried to sneak into Cuba. The documentary features interviews with various people involved in these historic events, including U-2 pilots Bob Ericson and Hervey Stockman. Highlights also include archival film footage from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the BBC, the CIA, the National Air and Space Museum, and Fox Movietone News, as well as archival photographs from the CIA, NASA Ames Research Center, and UPI/Bettmann Archive, Inc. Hosted by David McCullough.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Special DVD features include a link to the American experience web site,; Scene selection; Closed captions
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • UPC: 783421375291
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,948

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Voice Only
Technical Credits
Linda Garmon Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Bill Lattanzi Editor
Sheldon Mirowitz Score Composer, Songwriter
Mark Samels Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [1:40]
2. Top Spies [6:24]
3. Project Aquatone [5:36]
4. The Skunk Works [9:52]
5. Thirteen Miles High [5:13]
6. The "Dirty Bird" [8:04]
7. Missile Gap [5:14]
8. Caught Red-Handed [9:44]
9. Credits [1:47]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Features
      DVD-ROM Feature
      Other Products of Interest
      Request a Catalog
      Credits
   Accessibility Options
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