By Chris Umscheid
IOWA CITY– Things were tough in West Berlin in the summer of 1948. The Soviets blocked all roads and railroads leading to the three Western-held sectors of Berlin. To provide food and other necessities of life to the stranded people, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) began an aerial supply operation, which became known as the Berlin Airlift. For 462 days, planes flew to Tempelhof Airport in Berlin loaded with food, clothing, even coal. Local children flocked to the fence surrounding the airport to watch the planes land and take off again.