The Berlin Airlift and The Candy Bomber
In the days weeks and years following the end of WWII in Europe, tensions, which began between the United States and the Soviet Union followed a steady progression towards what seemed to be an inevitable conflict over the control of Germany. What became to be known as The Cold War, started officially in 1948. The Russian government, in an attempt to gain total control of the city of Berlin, blocked all ground transportation into the city, no food, fuel, or other necessities were allowed into the Berlin from the Western approaches. The citizens of Berlin, already cold and lacking in food, medicine and shelter from the effects of the war, were about to find out that as bad as it was, it was possible for it to get even worse. The United States and its allies were faced with a decision, go to war with Russia, abandon the suffering civilian population, or find other means of supply. The Berlin Airlift, a remarkable and dangerous operation had begun. We are always honored to have the crew bring its aircraft, Spirit of Freedom, to our airport for our Aviation Day Events. The airlift, which represented the goodness of a nation, and the bravery and professionalism of the pilots should never be forgotten.
Below are some links with more historical information about the airlift.
Colonel Gail Halvorsen: The original candy bomber
The History Channel:With text and video
Above are two pictures of Gail Halvorsen's Original Douglas-C-54 as it sat on the tarmac at the AB Hill Airforce Base in Utah. Colonel Halvorsen was the original Candy Bomber. Click on either picture to expand the size. The links to the left will explain the origins of the name Candy Bomber and much more.
Pictures courtesy of Roxane Palone
A short cute cartoon video for kids explaining the Airlift. Click on the picture above to open it.