Academic journal article Air Power History

The Cold War Museum to Locate at Vint Hill

Academic journal article Air Power History

The Cold War Museum to Locate at Vint Hill

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Vint Hill, Virginia -- December 11, 2009

Francis Gary Powers, Jr., the founder of The Cold War Museum, announced today that the museum had found a physical home. The Cold War Museum will lease a modest sized, two story building and secure storage facility at Vint Hill, located in Fauquier County, Virginia, less than 30 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport. The lease was signed on December 1, with the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority, the owner of the 695-acre former U.S. Army communications base. The former Vint Hill Farms Station was used during the Cold War, by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Army to safeguard the United States against a surprise nuclear attack.

Powers is the son of Francis Gary Powers, a CIA pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in May 1960. The senior Powers was held in Soviet custody until 1962, when he was traded for Rudolph Abel, a Soviet KGB agent who had been captured by the United States.

According to Francis Gary Powers, Jr., 'We are excited about our new home and look forward to opening the museum to the public in 2010. We have been seeking a location for the museum for several years in which to display our unique collections of international Cold War related artifacts." The Cold War Museum will fill a substantial void in the interpretation of post-World War II history. The Museum's goal of educating current and future generations about this critical period in international relations will provide a tangible setting to explore this topic within historical contexts. …

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