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THE FLYING HEROS OF BERLIN AIRLIFT

Deutsches Technikmuseum with Berlin Airlift hero: Douglas C-47 Skytrain on its facade

Deutsches Technikmuseum with Berlin Airlift hero: Douglas C-47 Skytrain on its facade (photo by notmsparker)

No-one can pass the buildings of Technikmuseum in Trebbiner Strasse 9 in Kreuzberg without noticing it – the giant hanging up above the heads of the pedestrians and the visitors known as Douglas C-47 “Skytrain”.

Next to Douglas C-54 Skymasters, Sunderland Flying Boats landing with their cargo on West Berlin lakes or the massive Argo Yorks which took up to 9 tonnes of freight on board and Handley Page Halifax´s with their 6-tonne capacity, Skytrain was one of several different types of aircraft that saved Berlin from starvation during Berlin Blockade 1948-1949.

It was also the first aircraft to take off as part of the airlift.

Here is a fantastic short British newsreel presenting the effort it took back then to save West Berlin from another catastrophe.

And if you should be looking for a place to spend a phenomenally interesting afternoon in Berlin,then you should definitely put Berlin´s Museum of Technology on top of your list. It´s well worth it.

One comment on “THE FLYING HEROS OF BERLIN AIRLIFT

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