Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation C-54

moose135moose135 Major grinsLong Island, NY, Charlotte, NC and points between...Posts: 1,309Registered Users Major grins
edited March 19, 2009 in Other Cool Shots
The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation operates to preserving the memory and legacy of the Berlin Airlift. As part of that, they operate a Douglas C-54E as a flying museum, with displays depicting the airlift inside the aircraft. Although the BAHF is based out of Toms River, NJ, the C-54 spends her winters at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY, in the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) hangar, where she undergoes maintenance and upkeep. Today, with the winter's work done, she departed FBF, to prepare for another air show season.

Final preparations
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Out in the sunshine
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Smoky startup
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Checking the fuel level
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She was towed away from the HARP Hangar, out onto one of the old FBF runways. After engine start, she taxied to another nearby runway for departure.
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US Park Police escort to the runway
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Engines running...what a sweet sound!
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The BAHF also has a C-97 in the HARP Hangar, undergoing restoration (it was flown in about 6 years ago). One of the volunteers working on her over the weekend told me they expect to have her flying in about 12 to 14 months.

More photos of the C-54 here: http://moose135.smugmug.com/gallery/7651003_vWQHu/1/494253650_fVtEA
And some shots of the HARP aircraft: http://moose135.smugmug.com/gallery/3081735_vcnV5/1/168251014_6vFAJ

Comments

  • AzzaroAzzaro Major grins Posts: 5,643Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 18, 2009
    Great set of pictures.......The Berlin airlift was huge; a town supplied by air. I was 10 years old at the time, but remember it. THANKS FOR SHARING......
    azzaro
  • RoadkillRoadkill Major grins Posts: 494Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 18, 2009

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    Very nice set… I especially like 3 & 9

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  • DaddyODaddyO Grins In Progress Posts: 4,466Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 19, 2009
    Very nice set of images. Thoughtful interesting compositions. Prop blur
    nailed. Back story is nice to hear also. thumb.gif
    Michael
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