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Berlin Airlift - Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force Base
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Wiesbaden Celebrates Airlift Anniversary
Berlin Airlift Veterans Return for Anniversary
Sixty years after the Berlin Airlift, thousands of Americans and Germans gathered in Wiesbaden, Germany, for two days to celebrate the airlift's anniversary. Read more.
Berlin Airlift Veterans Return for Anniversary
Berlin Airlift Veterans Return for Anniversary
It wasn't until 1998 that Berlin Airlift veteran Dub Southers thought about the importance of the 1948 effort that provided vital resources to the German city cut in half by Soviet rule. Read more.
Child of Berlin Airlift Tells Her Story
Air Show Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary
A storybook came alive for German and American youth in Wiesbaden, Germany, when the tale's lead character appeared in person. Read more.
Anniversary Evokes Memories of Berlin Airlift
60 Years
People with personal experience of the major flashpoint between the the U.S. and the Soviet Union share their remembrances of the Berlin Airlift. Read more.
Air Show Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary
Air Show Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary
This year's Joint Service Open House commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, which Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said demonstrated to U.S. allies and enemies alike that the country would not be deterred from its commitments. Read more.
Airlift Delivered Blow to Communism
60 Years
Sixty years ago, the U.S. Air Force launched an operation that relieved some 2.5 million beleaguered West Berlin residents and stretched the Soviet Unionís Iron Curtain at its seams. Read more.
Pilot Showed Affection Through Confection
Candy Bomber
While members of the Allied Air Forces delivered millions of tons of food, fuel and vital staples in the Berlin Airlift, one American pilot stood out as a favorite of the sweet-toothed children in the German capital. Read more.
PHOTO ESSAYS
2008 Joint Service Open House
2008 Joint Service Open House
This year's Joint Service Open House commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The event showcased demonstrations by the Navy's Blue Angels, the Army's Golden Knights and the Air Force's F-22A Raptor. View essay.
The Beginning
Berlin Airlift - The Beginning
The Berlin Airlift began with 32 flights by U.S. Air Force C-47s delivering 80 tons of provisions to the Tempelhof Airport, on June 26, 1948. View essay.
Supply Bases in Germany
Berlin Airlift - Supply Bases in Germany
Air bases in Rhein-Main, Wiesbaden, Celle and Fassberg served as the supply depot for food, coal and other items to be delivered, as well as home and repair shop for the C-47s and C-54s that flew daily roundtrips into West Berlin. View essay.
The 'Candy Bomber'
Berlin Airlift - The Candy Bomber
One of the lasting memories of the Berlin Airlift is the image of Lt. Col. Gail S. Halvorsen dropping chocolate bars tied to tiny hankerchief-sized parachutes from his plane to the children of West Berlin as he flew supplies into Tempelhof Airport. View essay.
Cartoons
Berlin Airlift - Cartoons
The old saying "laughter is the best medicine" to relieve tensions was illustrated with the cartoons Jake Schuffert, published almost daily in "The Task Force Times," the airlift newsletter, capturing the daily humor and ironies in airbridge life. View essay.
MULTIMEDIA AND RELATED LINKS
Airmen Help Restore Berlin Airlift Memorial
Staff Sgt. Federico Hudson cleans the nose art on a static C-54 aircraft on display at the Berlin Airlift Memorial site at the former Rhein Main Air Base near Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. Sergeant Hudson and a team of approximately 30 volunteers from Ramstein AB spent three days cleaning the display aircraft for refurbishing in prepartion for a Berlin Airlift 60th Anniversary Celebration to take place there in June.
Approximately 30 Airmen from Ramstein Air Base volunteered approximately 260 total man-hours to help restore the Berlin Airlift Memorial site at the former Rhein Main AB near Frankfurt International Airport in Germany April 22-24. Read more.
Truman Library: Oral Histories & Audio
Bruce C. Clarke
Experience the Russian blockade and the days of the Berlin Airlift for yourself by listening to the audio recollections of then-President Harry S Truman and reading transcripts of oral histories given by other key leaders in those dark days, including German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. Read more.
Airlift Footage from the National Archives
National Archive Footage
A newsreel from the Office of the Chief Signal Officer and some additional raw footage provide a glimpse into life during the Berlin Airlift. See videos.