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A Plane Every Minute

  • Dr. Harold E. Raugh, Jr.
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon

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On 16 April 1949, there was a goal

that had been set by the guy commanding

the operation, a guy named Major General Tunner.

He said, "1440, that's how many minutes there are

"in one day," and he said, his goal,

which was achieved on 16 April 1949,

if I remember correctly, was for one plane to land

every minute in Berlin.

And to me, that's just phenomenal.

And in fact, that pace was even picked up

in the succeeding couple of months,

where planes were landing every 30 seconds,

if you can imagine that,

flying back and forth by sortie,

during the Berlin Airlift,

there was a total of 124 million, 420,813 miles flown,

which is about the distance to the sun.

So it's just tremendous, the time, the effort,

the diligence and discipline

on the part of the leadership and the pilots,

the coordination and the will to succeed.

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