Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Berlin Airlift - A Legacy of Friendship

"The Berlin Airlift - A Legacy of Friendship" is a traveling exhibit with 70 black-and-white photos tracing the story of the Berlin Airlift: In 1948, the Soviets blockaded the western portion of Berlin, Germany. In response, the United States and her Allies took to the skies flying in provisions for West Berlin’s over 2 million residents, an effort that grew into the Luftbr├╝cke: an unending 'conveyor belt of planes' landing at Tempelhof Airport. During the Airlift, the aircraft supplied the city with 700 tons a day in June 1948 to 12,940 tons daily by April 1949. On May 12, 1949, the Soviets finally gave in, and reopened land and water routes into Berlin. Airlift missions finally ended in late September 1949.

The “Friends Always” exhibit will be on display at the Indiana War Memorial, 431 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 5-16 August. It then moves to the Columbus (Ind.) Learning Center for 21 August - 5 September. Both exhibits are open to the public at no charge. The exhibit also will be on display 11-12 September at Indianapolis Executive Airport, Zionsville.

There will be an opening reception at noon 5 August in the Indiana War Memorial.


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