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Statistics About Berlin Airlift

May 9, 1998 GMT

Some facts on Berlin airlift:

Duration: 462 days; June 26, 1948-Sept. 30, 1949.

Flights: 278,228 _ 189,963 U.S., 87,841 British, 424 French.

Miles flown: 134 million (nearly 1 1/2 times distance to sun).

Deaths from crashes: 31 Americans, 39 British, at least 9 Germans.

Busiest 24 hours: April 15-16, 1949; 1,398 flights (one landing almost every minute), 12,940 tons of cargo (equal to 22 trains with 50 railcars each).

Cargo delivered: 2,326,406 tons, two-thirds of it coal.

Candy parachuted: 23 tons.

Built during Soviet blockade: second runway at Tempelhof airport; Tegel airport, now Berlin’s busiest; foundation for a power plant.

Operation nicknames: American, ``Operation Vittles″; British, ``Plain Fare.″

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Source: U.S. Air Forces in Europe.