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Douglas DC-4, Troop Carrier Number 5557 (Skymaster)

Douglas DC-4, Troop Carrier Number 5557 (Skymaster)
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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The "Troop Carrier" C-54 was the first transoceanic 4-engine aircraft. Nearly 94 ft long and just over 27 ft high with a wingspan of 117 ft. Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. It could cruise at about 240 mph. For 462 days during 1948 and 1949 the city of Berlin was kept alive by an air bridge of allied aircraft bringing food and other essentials from the west. This C-54 actually flew during the airlift.
5 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The cooperation between the World War two allies broke down in 1947. Berlin was located deep in the soviet zone of occupation. The soviet's goal was to gain control over the whole city and not to have western troops stationed there.
They frequently interrupted traffic between West Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany. This culminated on June 24th 1948 when the soviets blocked the access to West Berlin.
All traffic by train, ship or on the Autobahn was stopped on the inner german border. It marked the first day of the Berlin Blockade.
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Raisin Bombers (German: Rosinenbomber) or (in US English) "Candy Bombers" were colloquial terms Berliners gave to the Western Allied (American and British) transport aircraft which brought in supplies by airlift to West Berlin during the Soviet Berlin Blockade in 1948/1949.
The name came from the fact that some pilots started voluntarily to throw sweets and candy (and, presumably, also raisins) on little tinkered parachutes out of the window to children lined up on the edges of the West Berlin airfields watching the planes. These actions were first attributed to American pilot Gail Halvorsen, nicknamed "Uncle Wiggly Wings", who began to drop chocolate bars he had attached on handkerchiefs while approaching Tempelhof Airport. Upon comprehensive coverage in the media, drops were ordered expanded by Lt. General William H. Tunner as "Operation Little Vittles".
As this gesture became well known, it enjoyed considerable support with the US public. Halvorsen and his comrades received large support in form of more and more donations of candy from the confectionery industry while civilian volunteers made the parachutes for the delivery. These actions contributed to the development of post war German-American relations.
Today the name Rosinenbomber is commonly applied to several historic types of military aircraft involved in the Berlin Airlift, foremost the four-engined Douglas C-54 Skymaster and the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. A sightseeing C-47 was badly damaged in a crash landing on Schönefeld Airport in 2010 (injuring seven passengers) and is currently being restored. Another C-47 is on display at the German Museum of Technology. A British Handley Page Hastings aircraft is on exhibition at the Berlin Allied Museum.
5 months ago.