Freedom Flight Memories

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The Freedom Flights represent the largest and longest resettlement program of political refugees ever sponsored by the U.S. government , offering an escape from Fidel Castro's Cuba to 265,000 people. This is an effort for people who were on the Freedom Flights to find their names, as well as their families, complete their records, and reconnect over the memory. This is the only public record of the Freedom Flights at this time.

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Need help finding a name or want to fix an entry?

We want this list to grow to be the most accurate record of the Freedom Flight passengers. If you cannot find yourself and would like us to check your information, or if you would like to complete or correct your entry, please call 305-376-4627 or e-mail us at We'll note the request and respond as soon as possible.

Have photos, memories that you would like to share?

If you arrived in the U.S. on the Freedom Flights, send us your photos and memories of your first few days in America - and your last day in Cuba to

You can find user-submitted photos and stories in our memories section. If you make a submission, please be patient. Because of the number of submissions, it may take some time for your story and photo to be posted.

By sending this submission, your photos and stories, to The Miami Herald, you have represented that you are the author and copyright owner of the submission and/or have all rights necessary to provide this submission to The Miami Herald and you have granted The Miami Herald an irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish, republish, resell, distribute, copy and edit the submission an unlimited number of times in any print, electronic or other medium.

E-mailing us your photos and stories is acknowledgment of and agreement to the above terms.