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BERLIN AIRLIFT 70 - The Return of The Candy Bombers

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BERLIN AIRLIFT 70 - The Return of The Candy Bombers

Time: June 13, 2019 from 4pm to 5pm
Location: Aussenalster - Finkenwerder on June 13, 2019
Event Type: historical, event
Organized By: Dr. Thomas Keller
Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2018

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It was the most spectacular and largest relief operation in history; an organizational masterpiece and an impressive demonstration of humanitarian support and adherence: the Allied airlift to West Berlin. From 1948 to 1949 it kept more than two million people alive by transporting food and other crucial goods.


In summer 2019, exactly 70 years later, about 40 original machines from four continents will once again fly along the former routes all the way to Berlin, repeating the Candy Drop.

When the ‘Candy Bombers’, loaded with C.A.R.E. parcels, return to Berlin once again for the "Big Lift" on Saturday, June 15, 2019 for a remembrance Candy Drop, various airlift flights and much more, the machines and their crews will have had an exciting experience over half of Germany. They will have had stops at the historic US airfield in Erbenheim (Wiesbaden) and the former R.A.F. airfields Fassberg, Jagel (Schleswig Holstein) and Gatow, flown over Hamburg and a final landing in Schönhagen.

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