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The air base used to launch the initial air strike on Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. Located at Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961 Current Section: D. JMTIDE: Strike Base, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Exile brigade staging area at Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Base used to launch and support the landings at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba.

Air America at the Bay of Pigs, by Dr. Joe F. Leeker, pp. 26-27, http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/history/BayOfPigs.pdf

The main element was the 17 B-26 planes poised at JMTIDE in early April 1961. In addition, C-54G transport planes were used to fly supply missions between JMADD and JMTIDE. These missions were flown by North American pilots.

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume II: Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy Current Section: C. Rip Robertson's Excursion into Diplomacy

CIA officer Rip Robertson was told that he "was responsible for the coordination and general supervision of JMTIDE construction activities and air and maritime operational activities, when implemented under their specialized senior officers". Construction of JMTIDE was to be completed by 1/15/61.

Warren Hinckle and William Turner, Deadly Secrets (1992) p. 68

"...what Castro didn't know was the staging area from which the invasion would be launched. The site was Puerto Cabezas, on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. The installation was dubbed Base Tide...The airfield...was called Happy Valley."

Bill Simpich

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