THE AMERICAS: Pilots for Hire

Just as first dawn lighted Cuba's northern coastline one morning last week, a Piper Comanche droned in at 200 ft. over the coastal highway 70 miles east of Havana. One of Fidel Castro's army patrols, carrying a .50-cal. machine gun, opened fire, riddling the plane with bullets. The plane landed hastily just off the road, and out stepped two Florida pilot-adventurers: William Shergales, 34, and Howard Lewis ("Swede") Rundquist, 33, whose foot was gushing blood. Demanded Shergales: "Take me to Fidel Castro."

The Cubans were certain at first that they had shot down one of the clandestine planes that fly...

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