1. Orestes Lorenzo Pérez (Again)
Remember our friend O.L. Pérez? Well, now in the U.s., he had been given a small, twin-engine 1961 Cessna 310. In December the year after his defection, he departed Marathon, Florida and headed south back to Cuba. Pérez landed on a small coastal highway of El Mamey beach just after sunset. Waiting on the side of the road was Pérez’s wife Vicky and their two children. He quickly loaded them up and returned to Marathon, Florida that night. He wrote a book about the experience; Wings of the Morning: The Flights of Orestes Lorenzo. Copies are still available through Amazon.
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