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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. In addition to this historic flight, U.S. Colonel (ret.) Gail Halvorsen, the living icon of this era will be on board of one of the aircraft.
When the ‘Candy Bombers’, loaded with CARE 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 in Erbenheim (Wiesbaden), Fassberg, the former R.A.F airfields Jagel, Gatow and Hamburg and a final landing in Schönhagen. Until then, many planes and their crews will have been on the road for weeks because they traveled halfway around the globe only to participate in the "Berlin Airlift 70".
Confirmations have been received from Germany, Europe, South Africa, the US and even Russia. Most aircrafts are in the hands of private individuals or clubs, but some are actually fully operational, whether as a tourist attraction in Canada and Kenya, or indeed for aid transports in Colombia or Puerto Rico.
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