On February 24, 1996, three American civilian planes were flying in international airspace over the Florida Straits. The airplanes were on a humanitarian mission by the Brothers to the Rescue organization to find and provide aid to Cubans who had escaped the island prison of Cuba. During that era, thousands of Cubans were throwing themselves into the shark-infested waters of the Florida Straits on rickety rafts in a desperate attempt to reach freedom.
On that fateful day, Cuba’s murderous Castro dictatorship decided it was time to send a message. Acting on intelligence provided by its spies in the U.S., Fidel and Raul Castro scrambled MiGs to intercept the unarmed civilian aircraft. In what became one of the most heinous acts of cowardly terrorism in modern history, Castro himself gave the order to shoot down the defenseless airplanes and murder four Americans.
The video below is a recording of the disturbing, gut-wrenching, and infuriating radio calls made by the cowardly Cuban MiG pilots who screamed and cursed with glee over shooting down defenseless airplanes and murdering the pilots:
And in case you are wondering whatever happened to the Cuban spies who provided the Castro regime with the intelligence to carry out this act of international terrorism, they were fortunately captured, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms for their acts of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. Unfortunately, on December 17, 2014, President Obama traded them back to the Castro dictatorship in exchange for absolutely nothing.
Requiescat in pace, Armando, Mario, Carlos, and Pablo. Your courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Read the facts behinds this solemn anniversary at Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter.