A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 3, 1961

WHILE many TIME covers are planned weeks in advance, the fast break of the news often calls for a last-minute change. This week, for the second issue in a row, TIME'S cover picture and story were prepared just a few hours before deadline. Two days before press time, TIME'S editors switched off a cover that had been painted and written, scheduled a new one that reports the week's biggest story—the unexpected release and return from Moscow of imprisoned RB-47 Flyers John McKone and Bruce Olmstead.

On hand to take the cover picture at Andrews...

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