A long torment in enemy hands
Air Force Capt. Mike McCuistion, who grew up in Lincoln, is surrounded by North Vietnamese forces in this propaganda photo taken shortly after he was shot down and captured in 1967. He was shot and threatened with execution before reaching the prison known as the Hanoi Hilton.
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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Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am.