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Venice Man Tells His Story:  Florida Spies Over Cuban Skies | Charlotte County Florida Weekly

 

Capt. McIlmoyle was among the pilots who flew U-2 jets — high flying spy planes — over Cuba in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis, a 13-day Cold War standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union that put both nations within a hair’s breadth of nuclear war.

 



That day, Capt. McIlmoyle piloted his aircraft over Cuba in search of the sites of surface-to-air missiles the Soviets were suspected to have installed. As he approached the third and final target along the northeast coast of the lush tropical island, all appeared peaceful — until he looked in his rear-view mirror.

 

 

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