The historic humanitarian efforts of the Berlin Airlift 60 years ago were honored by the annual Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB, Md., home of the U.S. Air Force’s presidential transport wing and Air Force One.
"It displayed a U.S. dedication to a stable and prosperous rule of law and international system," said Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne of the airlift that delivered more than 2.3 million tons of food, fuel and other supplies to residents of the German capital, which was blockaded on the ground by forces of the Soviet Union in 1948. He spoke at the opening of the show (and shortly thereafter was sacked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates).
The show included more than 125 current and vintage military and civilian aircraft. Rotorcraft on display included a Boeing MH-47G Chinook from the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, "The Night Stalkers" (left) and an AgustaWestland AW139 from the U.S. Homeland Security Dept. Customs and Border Protection operation at Washington Reagan National Airport.