Friends Always: 60 Years After the Berlin Airlift

The year 2008 marked the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Read more about how the heroic efforts of the United States and her Allies saved more than 2 million men, women and children in Berlin.

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Find out more here about special 60th anniversary events that took place in 2008 and 2009 across the United States as part of the Friends Always campaign. Sponsored by the German Embassy, it honored the heroes who overcame the Berlin Blockade of 1948/49.

Flying for Freedom and Friendship

When the Soviet Union closed land transport routes to Allied-occupied West Berlin in 1948, they threatened the freedom of Germany's former capital, located deep within the Soviet zone. In response, the American, French and British forces took decisive action.

Impressions of a Berlin Airlift Pilot

The story of the Berlin airlift is one of ingenuity, sacrifice and gratitude. Read the story of Gail Halvorsen, a pilot who left a farm in Idaho and found himself flying over the rubble of postwar Germany to bring candy to children. He is now legendary as the "candy bomber".

Keeping the Spirit Alive

Pilot Tim Chopp created the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation and flies the historic Douglas C-54E "Spirit of Freedom" transport aircraft across the country to keep the legacy of the Berlin Airlift alive for future generations. Find out here why Tim takes his mission so seriously.

The Candy Bombers

Arizona-based author Andrei Cherny in an in-depth interview gives a detailed account of what compelled him to write a new book called The Candy Bombers with a view to telling the human stories that made the Berlin Airlift possible and turned it into "America's Finest Hour."

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The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The heroic efforts of the United States and her Allies saved more than 2 million men, women and children in Berlin.

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Berlin Airlift Teacher Kit

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For educators looking for inspiration on how to teach the Berlin Airlift to middle through high school students, our free Teacher Kit offers 14 lesson plans and suggestions for further resources.