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  • Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War

CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS - THREE MEN GO TO WAR | The Accidental Flight | PBS

Duration: 02:02
Program: Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War
Broadcast Date: Oct. 26, 2012

See the full-length program at video.pbs.org On the most dangerous day of the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 27, a US plane takes off from Alaska to fly over the North Pole and test the atmosphere to find out if the Soviets have been testing their nuclear weapons. Blinded by the Aurora Borealis, pilot Chuck Maultsby makes a navigational error and rolls towards the Soviet Union instead of turning back towards Alaska. Suddenly Maltsby notices the sun is coming up in the wrong direction. "He's over the Soviet land mass on the 27th of October," says Brigadier General Gerald McIlmoyle, himself a former U2 pilot. "The Soviets are looking at him. You know what they think don't you?"

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Post Date: October 26, 2012