Airienteering with 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

AirLeg 42

1) Turn on to final, runway 31L, JFK International airport

“The Berlin airlift was quite a job! The Soviet Union had blocked all surface routes through East Germany, leaving only the air possible to get supplies through to the two million German people. The first day of the Berlin airlift was June 26, 1948, and the effort was spearheaded by the United States Air Force Europe (USAFE) under General Curtis E. LeMay. C-47s were made available to lift 80 tons of milk, flour, and medicine into Berlin. Three days later, Brigadier General Joseph Smith took over the Berlin Airlift Task Force, and by July 20, he had 54 C-54s and 103 C-47s capable of air-lifting 1500 tons a day! It got to the point where almost 6000 tons of supplies were moved in daily for the German city's needs! By the way, Curtis E. LeMay moved on to become the head of the Strategic Air Command on October 19 of that year.”


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