Berlin Airlift Skytrain | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

Berlin Airlift Skytrain

Berlin Airlift Skytrain | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
The reason for the official name for the Berlin Airlift, "Operation Skytrain," is suggested by this photograph of C-47 transport airplanes unloading at Tempelhof Air Base. The airlift began on June 24, 1948 when the Soviet Union cut off all ground traffic to West Berlin. Generally considered the greatest humanitarian airlift of all time, the Berlin Airlift continued for 15 months. At its height an airplane took off or landed in West Berlin, around the clock, every 90 seconds. This photograph is part of a public relations program submitted to a Public Relations Society of America competition by the Military Air Transport Service. MATS supplied most of the American planes used in the airlift. The PRSA records are available for research at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
DESCRIPTION
The reason for the official name for the Berlin Airlift, "Operation Skytrain," is suggested by this photograph of C-47 transport airplanes unloading at Tempelhof Air Base. The airlift began on June 24, 1948 when the Soviet Union cut off all ground traffic to West Berlin. Generally considered the greatest humanitarian airlift of all time, the Berlin Airlift continued for 15 months. At its height an airplane took off or landed in West Berlin, around the clock, every 90 seconds. This photograph is part of a public relations program submitted to a Public Relations Society of America competition by the Military Air Transport Service. MATS supplied most of the American planes used in the airlift. The PRSA records are available for research at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11376
Creation Date:circa 1948
Creator Name:United States. Air Force.
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Collection Name:Public Relations Society of America : Public Relations Society of America records, 1938-2013
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:U.S. Mss 64AF, box 126
Original Dimensions:9.5 x 7.5 inches
SUBJECTS
Airplane, Military
Military bases
United States. Air Force
Outdoor photography
Airports

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