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Cuban Missile Crisis

In the fall of 1962, there were unconfirmed reports that the Soviets were installing intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba. Imagery from satellites and high flying U-2 airplanes, provided incontrovertible proof that the rumors were true. The resulting confrontation between Soviet Premier Khrushchev and US President John F. Kennedy in October 1962 brought the world to the brink of war.

On 14 October 1962, two USAF U-2 reconnaissance aircraft photographed portions of Cuba and analysis of these photos confirmed that bases were being constructed for intermediate-range missiles within striking distance of the United States. President John F. Kennedy placed the US armed forces on alert for whatever action might be necessary, and USAF U-2 and RF-101 flights over Cuba continued, the latter aircraft sometimes flying at tree-top level.

Sources and Methods


Havana

SA-2 antiaircraft site
26 Aug 62

Sagua La Grande

MRBM Site 1
23 Oct 62

Sagua La Grande

MRBM Site 1
01 Nov 62

Sagua La Grande

MRBM Site 1
18 Jan 63

Sagua La Grande

MRBM Site 2
18 Jan 63

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 1
25 Oct 62

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 1
01 Nov 62

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 1
27 Jan 63

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 2
27 Oct 62

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 2
01 Nov 62

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 3
01 Nov 62

San Cristobal

MRBM Site 4
29 Oct 62

Guanajay

IRBM Launch Site 1

Guanajay

IRBM Launch Site 2
01 Nov 62

Guanajay

IRBM Launch Site 2
27 Jan 63

Remedios

IRBM Launch Site 3

San Julian

airfield
15 Nov 62

San Julian

airfield & SAM site
25 Nov 62

Soviet Presence - 1980s


San Julian
Airfield

Western Cuba
airfield

San Antonio
de los Banos
Airfield

Managua
Soviet-style facilities

Lourdes Central
SIGINT Complex




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