Truman Library in Missouri and reflected on the bold action. It was the “Cuban Missile Crisis” of its time.
The airlift began as a political maneuver in the expanding Cold War in Europe. Stalin didn’t want a prosperous West Berlin adjacent to his preferred weakened status of the conquered nations. His efforts to starve West Berliners (hence the allies) into submission was foiled by the logistical success of air cargo – and pilots like Halvorsen who understood the full humanitarian impact of the airlift.
|Halvorsen distributing treats|
The American spirit that carried out that unique effort is very much alive and appears to be awakening after slumbering for a generation. Another reason I am optimistic for the 21st Century.