Cuba: Full Seats & a Cruel Promise

After almost a month of operation, the Cuban refugee airlift is shaking down into a steady, efficient rescue of people fleeing Castro's Communist dictatorship. The flights are now up to two planes a day, five days a week, and the Pan American DC-7s bring their full load of 95 passengers. In the first 24 days of the lift, some 2,500 Cubans left their unhappy homeland. Less than half settled in the Miami area, which already has 100,000 Cuban refugees. The rest of the newcomers went to other cities throughout the country.

For the 150,000 or more Cubans whose turns on...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!