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Title: 60th Anniversary of the Berlin airlift
Post by: Mosha on May 27, 2008, 11:46:31 PM
Today marks the 60th anniversay of the Berlin airlift. Can you imagine an aircraft landing every 20 seconds
Title: Re: 60th Anniversary of the Berlin airlift
Post by: rke on May 28, 2008, 04:32:25 AM
Hm, aren't you a month early? ::confused::

I'm fairly sure the blockade itself didn't start until June, so I doubt the airlift could have started until then ???

But it must have been an incredible sight, especially during the day where they decided to really flex the muscles of the Allied air command by shattering all records. Also, a special mention must be given to the seaplane crews that flew in and out of Berlin, that must have been a fairly unusual experience landing on a river in the middle of Berlin! :)
Title: Re: 60th Anniversary of the Berlin airlift
Post by: johanfrc on May 28, 2008, 11:29:38 AM
Yeah. 1 months early:

On June 24, 1948, LeMay appointed Brigadier General Joseph Smith, commander of the Wiesbaden Military Post, as the Task Force Commander of the airlift. On June 25, 1948, Clay gave the order to launch Operation Vittles. The next day thirty-two C-47 cargo planes lifted off for Berlin hauling 80 tons of cargo including milk, flour, and medicine. The first British aircraft flew on June 28. At that time, the airlift was expected to last three weeks.
Title: Re: 60th Anniversary of the Berlin airlift
Post by: Per Ardua Ad Ars on May 28, 2008, 07:10:07 PM
Today marks the 60th anniversay of the Berlin airlift. Can you imagine an aircraft landing every 20 seconds

Of course I can, I use FS! Every time I start the thing up I see a load of flocking aircraft. Too flocking many, in fact.