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Strengthening of U.S. Military Bases in South Florida Continues

Oct. 23, 1962 - The strengthening of U.S. military bases continued today in Key West, Fla. (pictured), and elsewhere through the Florida Keys and on the mainland. A security blackout as strict as any in force during World War II was imposed. The Army took over full control of Key West International Airport, the only one in the area except for the Navy jet base four miles north on Boca Chica Island capable of handling large transport planes. There was much air activity all during the night and today. This included big tanker planes, some heavy jet bombers, and troop transports in addition to the screaming fighters that passed over at fairly low altitude on their approaches to or departures from Boca Chica. The fighters presumably are on high patrol along the Cuban coast.


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