A long torment in enemy hands

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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am

Mike McCuistion had made a career out of screaming through the sound barrier in the U.S. Air Force's sleakest attack jets, so he knew a little something about how exhilarating flying can be.

Still, one of the biggest rushes he ever had in flight came as a passenger in a lumbering C-141 transport plane that 40 years ago lifted off a runway in Hanoi. The plane was part of Operation Homecoming, ferrying McCuistion and hundreds of other American prisoners of the Vietnam War back to the freedom of U.S. soil.

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