16 April 1949

A Douglas C-54 Skymaster on final approach to Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof.
A Douglas C-54 Skymaster on final approach to Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof.

16 April 1949: During the Berlin Airlift, airplanes delivered a record 12,941 tons (11,740 metric tons) of coal—equivalent to 600 rail carloads—to the blockaded city during a 24-hour period. This required 1,383 flights.

© 2015, Bryan R. Swopes

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