On February 24, 1996, three American civilian planes from Brothers to the Rescue were flying in international airspace over the Florida Straits on a humanitarian mission. They were there to spot and provide aid to Cubans who had escaped the island prison of Cuba on rickety rafts and inner tubes. During that era, thousands of Cubans were throwing themselves into the shark-infested waters of the Florida Straits in a desperate attempt to reach freedom.
But on that fateful day, Cuba’s murderous Castro dictatorship decided 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 and commit one of the most heinous acts of cowardly terrorism in modern history, It was Raul Castro himself who 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:
The Cuban spies who provided the Castro regime with the intelligence to carry out this act of international terrorism and were later captured, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms for their acts of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. But to add insult to injury, President Obama released them and handed them back to the Castro dictatorship in exchange for absolutely nothing on December 17, 2014.
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.