Late in June of 1948, the Soviets cut off all ground and water access to Berlin in a Cold War stare-down. The plan was to starve the city so that it would be wholly dependent on the Soviet Union. Military brass in the Allied nations realized that an airlift of food and fuel could save the city (and show up the Russians), but only if more than 5,000 tons of necessities could be delivered per day. When asked if this was possible, General Curtis LeMay of the U.S. Air Force famously remarked, "We can haul anything." And so for the next fifteen months, thousands of unarmed cargo planes from three nations flew more than 270,000 missions of mercy, and West Berlin... More >>>