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Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission by Michael J. Tougias.

The little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, sparking an international crisis that brought U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down by the Soviets, in an incident that was covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida.

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.

This event is funded by FLorida Humanities’ Florida Talks program in partnership with the Friends of the Monroe County Library in Key West.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm -
March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Michael Tougias, Author
Event Fee:

Event Contact:

Michael Nelson
(305) 292-3595

Event Venue:

Key West Public Library Auditorium
700 Fleming St
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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