Commemoration site of the Berlin airlift
Instructional exhibition for the Technical School of the Luftwaffe 3
Exhibition on the Berlin blockade and airlift
April 1st until September 30th:
Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm
July 1st until September 15th:
Tuesday to Thursday 1 pm to 4.15 pm
Tours by prior arrangement
It took the British and the Americans only 48 hours to organise a huge and perfect airlift after a complete blockade had been imposed on Berlin by the U.S.S.R. As from June 26th 1948, Berlin was supplied by air mainly with food, medication and coal for the production of electricity in a project unparalleled of its kind. 13,000 tons of goods had to be transported daily, and by the end of the blockade on May 12th 1949, about 280,000 flights to Tempelhof, Tegel and Gatow had been registered. In Faßberg alone up to 450 take-offs and landings a day were recorded. The last flight was made on August 27th 1949.
The then Defence Minister Dr Gerhard Stoltenberg wrote on the occasion of the opening of the commemoration site of the airlift on March 2nd 1990: "...the memory of the personal efforts of the people involved and the role of the Faßberg Airfield within the gigantic venture must be upheld." Original documents and exhibits, housed in three Nissen huts and two covered train carriages, show how American and British planes based in Faßberg supplied West Berlin with 539,112 tons of coal. The efforts of the 5,000 workers, accommodated in the Trauen camp, are also depicted.
Since 1999 a real airlift plane of the type C 47, - a "Faßberg Flyer" - is also on display in the grounds of the commemoration site.