Guatemala: Mystery Strip

Near Guatemala's Pacific coast, 35 miles from the Mexican border, lies a new solidly paved, closely guarded airstrip. So out of place did the strip seem amid the sparsely settled cattle ranches and banana plantations that Guatemalans have been whispering about it for months. Could it be the base for a cooperative U.S.-Guatemalan-Cuban-exile airborne military operation against Fidel Castro? Fortnight ago, poking around the country. Los Angeles Mirror Aviation Editor Don Dwiggins heard about the strip and broke a story reporting that it had been built with U.S. funds in a mysterious...

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