chapter  5
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Facing Enemy Flights

WithHåkan Karlsson, Tomás Diez Acosta

The chapter presents the risks involved with the frequent U.S. violation of Cuban airspace with low-level flights both during and after the Missile Crisis. When the crisis broke out, U.S. air-photographic reconnaissance activities increased in number and became more dangerous, because the United States did not only use the U-2 planes but also low-flying fighters. Between October 22 and December 1, 1962, Cuban radars detected 386 of these flight missions. The chapter also examines Cuban reactions to the agreement that was negotiated between the United States and the Soviet Union without the participation of Cuban authorities, as well as the difference of viewpoints concerning the negotiated solution of the crisis existing between Cuba and the Soviet Union. These differences created a tense situation between Havana and Moscow after the crisis.