The Berlin Airlift
was an amazing organisational feat. A population of approximately 2 million people was supplied with all their worldly needs by a continuous stream of cargo aircraft.
The Combined Airlift Task Force
) was formed a few months into the effort, as an organisation solely dedicated to keeping planes flying into Berlin
. It was made up of American, British, and French aircrew
From June 1948 through to September 1949, around 2.1 million metric tons
of supplies were carried into Berlin by CALTF. In total, almost 280000
flights were made, peaking at 1400 flights landing in Berlin *per day*, approximately 1 per minute!!
These numbers may not seem much today, especially compared with major international terminals like Heathrow
, but 55 years ago to organise for such a mind bogglingly large
to be transported in just 12 months is a truly great feat!
Stats drawn from: http://www.usafe.af.mil/berlin/quickfax.htm