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04-24-2013 01:14 PM
Group9
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
"During the ceremony for the opening of the OPBAT Aircraft Hangar at the Inagua International Airport, " [Bahamasweekly]
No clouds, no mystery, just fussy pictures that don't show any aircraft on the ground in GE.
Does it show any donkeys? I always wondered if they survived. Mean SOBs that would chase you and try and bite you. Landing at night, and wondering if there were any still standing on the runway after the shooing away run, was always exciting.
04-24-2013 12:26 PM
hellosailor
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

"During the ceremony for the opening of the OPBAT Aircraft Hangar at the Inagua International Airport, " [Bahamasweekly]
No clouds, no mystery, just fussy pictures that don't show any aircraft on the ground in GE.
04-24-2013 12:04 PM
Group9
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

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Coast Guard opens new OPBAT hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas | Coast Guard News

Since they were celebrating having "a hangar" it is probably at the airport, which GE does show, just not in a lot of detail. Not surprising for an out of the way island, from Google's point of view. Of course from there it should be fairly easy to stay off the Cuban coast and simply skirt south of the island entirely.
I haven't checked GE in a while. I do know when I was working out of GI back in the early 2000's, the base had the standard "covered in clouds" look that GE would put in at the request of the USG.

I never understood why as it is mentioned in the Explorer Chart Books, and every Bahamian on GI certainly knows it is there.



How it looked back then.
04-24-2013 11:45 AM
hellosailor
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

Coast Guard opens new OPBAT hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas | Coast Guard News

Since they were celebrating having "a hangar" it is probably at the airport, which GE does show, just not in a lot of detail. Not surprising for an out of the way island, from Google's point of view. Of course from there it should be fairly easy to stay off the Cuban coast and simply skirt south of the island entirely.
04-24-2013 11:32 AM
Group9
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

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Thanks, 9. The USCG doesn't even list that base as existing in most places, perhaps because it is a joint drug operation with DEA, perhaps because they've just finished rebuilding it, apparently their hangar blew away in Hurricane Ike. Maybe this is "Area 52".

Doesn't sound as genteel as NAS Bermuda was though. (G)
It has never shown up on Google Earth, either.
04-24-2013 11:28 AM
hellosailor
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

Thanks, 9. The USCG doesn't even list that base as existing in most places, perhaps because it is a joint drug operation with DEA, perhaps because they've just finished rebuilding it, apparently their hangar blew away in Hurricane Ike. Maybe this is "Area 52".

Doesn't sound as genteel as NAS Bermuda was though. (G)
04-24-2013 11:07 AM
Group9
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

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dawg, the Cubans are big on humanitarian aid but relations with the US go tit-for-tat based on daily events. Like earlier this month when they returned the two parents (who kidnapped their own children) to Florida. Or, versus the assorted other folks they have granted asylum to.

So it would very much depend on which side of the bed who woke up on.

A typical USCG rescue helo launched from Key West might be able to spend two hours in the waters south of Cuba, in perfect weather, before they had to make for land, in any direction, so I would guess there are also practical limits for that kind of operation.
The CG wouldn't launch helos from Key West for a rescue south of Cuba. They would launch an HH-60 from the base at Great Inagua or an HH-65 from a nearby cutter.
04-23-2013 05:12 PM
canucksailorguy
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

Hey! It's Cuba. You can believe that sign!
I'll have to check out Hemingway's place on my next trip.
04-23-2013 02:53 PM
rikhall
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

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Originally Posted by canucksailorguy View Post
...that's pretty darn good, Rik! I've not gotten there yet, what's the site like? When were you there?
The site was interesting and I am glad we went to see it in March of this year - cost $5.00, but then most things cost something. We also enjoyed "seeing" Hemingway at El Floridita, in Old Havana, purported to be one of the seven most famous bars in the world. At least that's what it said on the sign outside!



The one on the right is Hemingway. My wife (WriterHall.com) is the author on the left.



Rik
04-23-2013 09:50 AM
canucksailorguy
Re: Will USCG fly over Cuba airspace?

Interesting - please keep me up to date on anything new if you would. In particular, my editors would be interested.
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