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16 October. McGeorge Bundy told President Kennedy that
two days before a U-2 spy-plane had detected several
SS-4 missiles 50 miles west of Havana.

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The pictures had to be processed, and the information confirmed by the National Photographic Interpretation Center (established the year before), hence the delay. Confirmation about the SS-4 sites came through intelligence obtained, as of April 1961, from Colonel Oleg Penkovsky, a Soviet agent who was finally arrested by the KGB on 22 October 1962.

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Maj. Steve Heyser flies first U-2 mission
October 14, 1962. Maj. Steve Heyser flies first U-2 mission
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