Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

 AirBridge to Berlin
 Road to Confrontation
 Who's Who During Big 4
 Political Activity Resumes
 Who's Who in New Berlin Governments
 Background on Conflict with USSR
 Eye of the Storm
 Marshall Plan
 The Airlift Begins
 Chocolate Flier
 Grateful Berliners
 Lighter Side (Cartoons)
 "Operation Vittles" Gets Organized
 Winter Campaign
 Blockade Lifted
 Aftermath 1949 -- 1959
 Photo Collection
 The Pilots
 Milk to Matzos
 Ultimate Sacrifice
 24 Hour Maintenance
 Takes Lots of Gas
 Globe Masters to the Rescue
 Dull Routine
 Coal & Liquid Fuel
 Pilot Training in Montana
 AirTraffic Control Revolutionized
Pilots: Introduction
Chapter section from:
Airbridge to Berlin ---  The Berlin Crisis of 1948,
its Origins and Aftermath 

By D.M. Giangreco and Robert E. Griffin
© 1988
(Used with permission)

During yet another monotonous flight to Berlin, the radio operator aboard a C-54 describes inteference he's receiving as the engineer (seated behind the pilots) wonders aloud about a light outside the rifht window. 

  The pilots were the key players in this yearlong endeavor to keep the people of West Berlin from starvation. This humanitarian effort was a rewarding experience and a nice change from using their skills in a war environment. This was the first official campaign of the newly formed separate branch of the services---the United States Air Force.