U-2 Incident Exhibit on display at SAC and Aerospace Museum near Omaha, Nebraska, 2023.

Exhibit & Artifact Loans

In order to promote The Cold War Museum, I created a mobile exhibit on the U-2 Incident from personal artifacts and have displayed it internationally for over 30 years. It is currently on loan to the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum near Omaha, Nebraska.

There is a flat rate rental fee calculated on the distance involved to host and cover the expenses for the mobile U-2 Incident display that will cover two trips to the host facility to set up and break down the exhibit (travel, shipping to/from, lodging, meals, etc.). The host organization will need to provide insurance for the exhibit from time of pick up to time of return and is an additional cost. It will ship by transport company or personally driven depending on the dates and distance involved.

Some institutions invite sponsors to provide complementary hotel, airfare, and or other travel expenses which lower the overall rental cost. A few organizations have hosted galas, receptions, or private dinners to cover costs.

As part of the exhibit opening, I would give a one-hour overview of the U-2 Incident, show two short videos, discuss the creation of The Cold War Museum and the making of Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” and answer questions. A book signing would follow the program. The exhibit and presentation have been very well received and generates good media exposure for the host institution.

Four to six display cases and wall space (Velcro backing) would need to be provided by the host facility. Artifacts, blown-up pictures, and text cards would be provided. The exhibit can be made as large or as small as space permits.

The U-2 mobile exhibit has been displayed internationally at the Bodo Aviation Centerinin Bodo, Norway and the Allied Museum in Berlin, Germany. In the Washington, DC area the exhibit has been displayed at George Mason University, the City of Fairfax Museum and Visitor’s Center, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National War College, and the National Security Administration’s Cryptologic Museum.

Nationally, the exhibit has been displayed at such sites as the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, the United States Air Force Museum, the George C. Marshall Museum, the Pima Air and Space Museum, the National Atomic Museum, the Florida International Museum, the Museum of Flight, the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, the Virginia Historical Society, and the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN.

In addition, artifacts and or exhibit material has been loaned or donated to American Government agencies (CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, NRO), a variety of internationally recognized organizations including: the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the USAF Museum, the KGB Museum in Moscow, the Diefenbunker Museum, RockwellCollins, Gallery5, and several European museums.

Below are a few photos of the mobile U-2 Incident exhibit, here is a YouTube video. If you have an interest in booking the mobile U-2 Incident Exhibit or talking with me about the loan of other material from my personal collection, please send me an email via my Contact page.


Graphic artwork of the U-2 shoot-down

U-2 Exhibit Artifacts

U-2 Exhibit Artifacts

U-2 Incident Exhibit

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