|Hangar 5 – Getting in Touch with the Airlift
Original exhibits and time-typical decors tell
of the survival of the city for almost a year.
|Areas of Action – Humanitarian Work Today
Institutions standing for engagement and
commitment present their work on the airport´s apron.
|Let the Avenue of the Allies surprise you with stylized candy bombers.|
|Hangar 4 – Experiencing the Airlift with an audiovisual installation on a 70 meter projection.|
|Airlift Stage – live music coming from the allied countries. From Swing and Hits of the fifties to Marching Bands.|
|There are numerous attractions for children
and games from the days of the Airlift.
Hangar 5 – Airlift Talk
|14:00||Talk 1 – Witnesses
|14:45||Talk 2 – Emergency Response Coordination Today
CARE Germany e.V .: Ninja Taprogge, media officer
UNHCR: Chris Melzer, press officer
Lufthansa: Tim Holderer, pilot
|15:30||Talk 3 – Photography and Memories
Matthias Heisig, historian
|16:15||Talk 4 – Children’s Airlift
Dr. Bernd von Kostka, historian
|17:00||Talk 5 – Airlift Perspectives
Everyday life in the divided city during the 1950s
Dr. Gerhard Sälter, historian, Berlin Wall Foundation
|17:45||Talk 6 – Security Policy Dialogue
Airlifts today – The role of the Bundeswehr
|12:30||Staff Band of the Bundeswehr|
|13:00||Opening by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller|
|13:20||Staff Band of the Bundeswehr with opera singer Susan Wheeler Martosko|
|14:00||Federal Police Marching Band|
|15:00||The Frogs, Big Band Beethoven Gymnasium|
|16:00||The United States Air Forces in Europe Band – The Jazz Ambassadors|
|17:00||Qadasi & Maqhinga|
|17:45||Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra|
|18:30||The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps|
|13:30 + 16:15||Federal Police: Performance of the Canine Unit|
|17:00||Berlin Fire Brigade: members of the youth and the volunteer fire department demonstrate fire extinguishing exercises|
HANGAR 5 – UNDERSTANDING THE AIRLIFT
Hangar 5 – Understanding the Airlift is about the concrete reliving oft he Airlift and the reality of life in those days. Original exhibits, decors typical of the time and media installations visualise the logistics and planning of the Airlift, everyday life under the blockade as well as the humanitarian efforts of both the Allies and countless Berliners.
The Allied Museum, founded in 1998 to provide information about the history of the Allies in Berlin, presents the exhibition entitled “The Berlin Airlift 1948/49” and a RIAS loudspeaker truck from that time. You can hear contemporary radio reports at a listening station while your children make airlift parachutes.
GERMAN MUSEUM OF TECHNOLOGY
The candy bomber suspended in front of the German Museum of Technology is an internationally famous landmark. The museum will also be presenting a real candy bomber (Douglas C-54) at the Airlift Festival and it’s permanent exhibition concept. What’s more, you can discover a selection of road vehicles from the days of the Airlift era – including an NAG double-decker bus.
CARE Germany e.V.
After the war, the aid organisation CARE distributed over 10 million aid packages in Germany alone. CARE would like to revive this unique relief operation at the Airlift Celebration. In addition to an exhibition, contemporary witnesses will share their experiences with the CARE packages and an emergency relief expert will provide information on emergency aid today.
THE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY OF THE BUNDESWEHR ON BERLIN-GATOW AIRFIELD (MHM GATOW)
The MHM Gatow links the subject of military aviation with political, technical and cultural history and is home to one of the world’s largest collections of aerial warfare equipment. The British Royal Air Force was stationed in Gatow from 1945 to 1994, from where it made its contribution to the Airlift. Find out more about this at the MHM Gatow stand.
THE BERLIN AIRLIFT MEMORIAL SITE in Faßberg
The Berlin Airlift Memorial Site (ELB) in Faßberg presents the military history collection of the German Air Force’s Technical Training Centre (TAusbZLw). The Airlift Festival will see the ELB presenting the cooperation of the Allies in Faßberg with German workers deployed to load the coal shipments.
IAPC – INTERNATIONAL AEROPHILATELY CLUB “OTTO LILIENTHAL”, BERLIN-BRANDENBURG PHILATELY ASSOCIATION
The IAPC, the place to meet for aero philatelists, and the Philately Association will be exhibiting original documents from the time of the Airlift. In addition, visitors will be able to discover numerous stamps, franked and commemorative postmarks, cards and letters that paint a very special picture of the airlift days and the subsequent anniversary celebrations.
TIME TRAVEL BACK TO THE AIRLIFT
The historian and curator Matthias Heisig uses a continuous projection to present a collection of largely unknown photographs showing snapshots of the Berlin Airlift and everyday life in the blockaded city from June 1948 to September 1949. Matthias Heisig worked together with philatelist and author Hans-Ulrich Schulz on the curation and description of the photographic treasures.
Collector Andreas Skala presents a large selection of Airlift memorabilia, including the highlights of his collection: two original caps worn by Gail Halvorsen, the legendary “Uncle Wiggly Wings”.
HANGAR 4 – EXPERIENCING THE AIRLIFT
“As long as we still have a breath in us” – Ernst Reuter
12 minutes, A / V, 2019
Take a seat, dive in! Video artist Phil Max Schöll and sound designer Christoph Kozik present in Hangar 4 a sound and video installation (concept Sebastian Gäbel) created especially for the Airlift celebration. A trove of archive images from the time of the Airlift has been restored and assembled on a projection spanning more than 70 metres. The interplay of images, video, graphics and sound creates a stunning panorama illustrating the commitment of the Western Allies and the perseverance of the people of West Berlin.
AREAS OF ACTION HUMANITARIAN WORK TODAY
Presented on the on the airport apron are organisations such as the German Red Cross, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief, the Workers’ Samaritan Federation, the Johanniter International Assistance as well as the UN Refugee Agency and CARE Germany, Bundeswehr, Federal and Berlin Police and the Berlin Fire Brigade. They demonstrate how aid was provided then and how it works today.
THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES UNHCR
UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, illustrates that the Berlin Airlift was only the beginning. Today, the UNHCR serves people daily all over the world – sometimes only by plane. In a refugee tent you can learn more about the work of the UNHCR and even enter a refugee camp using a VR headset.
The Federal Police will be onsite with a transport helicopter used in disaster relief and other emergency operations. Enjoy Berlin’s Federal Police Orchestra and experience firsthand the capabilities of service dogs. In addition, questions about tasks and career opportunities will be answered. A game and crafts corner is available for younger visitors.
The Bundeswehr area will be equipped with both historic and modern vehicles, with the focus on civil protection rather than the military side of its range of services. The career centre will provide information about the Bundeswehr’s civilian and military job possibilities.
FEDERAL AGENCY FOR TECHNICAL RELIEF (THW)
In floods and disasters it is there: The THW. And it’s also part at the Airlift Celebration. THW Berlin Tempelhof-Schöneberg volunteers present their emergency vehicles and salvage clearing equipment. Participation stations will be set up for children and young people with THW staff available to discuss volunteer activities at the Technical Relief Agency.
WORKERS’ SAMARITARIAN FEDERATION BERLIN (ASB)
“We help here and now” – that’s the Workers’ Samaritan Federation’s motto. The ASB Berlin will present itself as a multifaceted aid organisation on the day of the Airlift Celebration, along with services such as Civil Protection, AG Maske for emergency re-enactments, First Aid, Berlin Schockt and the Wish Van, a project that helps seriously ill people fulfil their wishes.
GERMAN RED CROSS LANDESVERBAND BERLINER ROTES KREUZ e.V.
In historical uniforms and a German Red Cross oldtimer, Red Cross helpers will take you back to the 1950s. More modern and also at the celebration: rescue dog teams, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) units and the Lifeguard Service, replete with solar boat and Jet Ski. The Youth Red Cross will offer face painting for children.
JOHANNITER-UNFALL-HILFE e.V. – BERLIN REGIONAL ASSOCIATION
As a Christian relief organisation, the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. sees its task in the service of people. The Berlin regional association will showcase a selection of its professional equipment used to provide care for the public in cases of an emergency, to save and protect – for the love of life.
The Berlin Police will exhibit historic vehicles and uniforms used in both West and East Berlin during the time of the Airlift. It will also present their mobile police stations, the police bicycle unit and a police car for a hands-on experience. The Police Academy and its trainees will demonstrate realistic operational training exercises. Children can demonstrate their riding skills on electric-powered police tricycles.
BERLIN FIRE BRIGADE
The oldest and largest professional fire brigade in Germany will also exhibit a selection of historic and modern vehicles. Also on hand will be members of the youth and volunteer fire department, each of which will demonstrate fire extinguishing exercises. The Berlin Fire Brigade’s recruiting office will be available for questions about career opportunities.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY
The Airlift Celebration is a family celebration and invites young and old alike to experience and discover. Enjoy plenty of activities, from historic rides to building, handicraft and design workshops where where you can appreciate history in a creative way. The spacious children’s and family area is made possible through the cooperation of several partners:
Created by artist Seraphina Lenz: The costume tent, where you can dress up in 50s outfits and get your picture or film taken in front of a historic photo backdrop.
This is where the fun is happening: marble runs of all kinds, a parkour obstacle course, an interactive circus and the games kids and teens played during the time of the Airlift.
Zwergstadt will take care of the little ones. The play centre offers a reading lounge and a craft corner where kids can build airplanes out of various materials and even have foam planes fly into soap bubbles.