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
Soviet Presence - 1980s
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