The Hemisphere: Arms Plane

Over Cuba's revolt-riddled Oriente province one night last week, an Aero Commander two-engine plane outran a pursuing government DC-3. Then, its gas gone, the plane tried to glide into the nearby U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo and nosed into the nearby bay. Watchers at the base's radar screen saw it vanish—another mystery of the cloak-and-dagger Cuban civil war.

Less than 72 hours later, in the middle of cop-filled Havana. Charles Hormel, 45, U.S. citizen, coolly identified himself to a TIME correspondent as pilot of the plane. A rebel sympathizer who married into a wealthy Cuban family 17 years ago, Dayton-born Charles...

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