The Pendleton Panther

Cuba No Longer A U.S. No Fly Zone

Posted on: January 20, 2010

Cuban airspace has been off limits to U.S. aircraft since the embargo began in 1962.  With the recent tragedy in Haiti, however, humanitarian efforts have forced the two to cooperate.  The flight time between Miami and Guantanamo Bay has been temporarily reduced by 90 minutes as a result of Cuba’s latest decision to allow U.S. craft into their airspace.  The two nations are old enemies from the Cold War, but capitalist and communist alike have banded together to help their shared neighbor in its time of need.  Cuba’s current leader, Raul Castro took office in 2008 when his brother Fidel fell seriously ill.  Whether or not Raul’s actions are signs of a more relaxed relationship with the U.S. remains to be seen, but for the time being, old foes have set aside their differences for the betterment of humanity as a whole.

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