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Berlin Airlift Coal Shipment | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Berlin Airlift Coal Shipment

Berlin Airlift Coal Shipment | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
A British soldier directs the truck driver as German workers prepare to load a shipment of coal on a U.S. Air Force C-54 airplane at Fassberg Airfield. From there the coal will be transported to West Berlin. Coal represented 65% of all of the material airlifted to West Berlin. The large C-54s, the military equivalent of DC-4s, were capable of carrying ten tons, and they transported a majority of the goods airlifted to Berlin. The successful conclusion of the airlift represented the first successful challenge of the West to Soviet Cold War expansion. This photograph was part of a public relations program submitted to a PRSA competition by the Military Air Transport Service. MATS supplied much of the aircraft used during the Berlin Airlift.
DESCRIPTION
A British soldier directs the truck driver as German workers prepare to load a shipment of coal on a U.S. Air Force C-54 airplane at Fassberg Airfield. From there the coal will be transported to West Berlin. Coal represented 65% of all of the material airlifted to West Berlin. The large C-54s, the military equivalent of DC-4s, were capable of carrying ten tons, and they transported a majority of the goods airlifted to Berlin. The successful conclusion of the airlift represented the first successful challenge of the West to Soviet Cold War expansion. This photograph was part of a public relations program submitted to a PRSA competition by the Military Air Transport Service. MATS supplied much of the aircraft used during the Berlin Airlift.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11375
Creation Date:circa 1948
Creator Name:United States. Air Force.
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Collection Name:Public Relations Society of America : Public Relations Society of America records, 1938-2013
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:U.S. Mss 64AF
Original Dimensions:9.5 x 7.5 inches
SUBJECTS
Work clothes
Charcoal industry
Transportation, Military
United States. Air Force
Men
Outdoor photography
Trucks
Truck drivers

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