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Planes, Boats and Trains: The Berlin Airlift Team

(U.S. Air Force photo)

(U.S. Air Force photo)

Navy and Air Force flight crews were briefed together for the day's missions in Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Navy and Air Force flight crews were briefed together for the day's missions in Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Despite the high level of interservice cooperation, the Navy still had to suffer continuously all the barbs and good humor the Air Force could offer. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Despite the high level of interservice cooperation, the Navy still had to suffer continuously all the barbs and good humor the Air Force could offer. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Navy support personnel from VR-6, assisted by an Air Force enlisted man, change a tire on a Navy R-5D (C-54). (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Navy support personnel from VR-6, assisted by an Air Force enlisted man, change a tire on a Navy R-5D (C-54). (U.S. Air Force photo)

The success of the Berlin Airlift was the result of coordinated efforts between the U.S. Air Force and the other services. The U.S. Navy contributions to the Airlift were two transport squadrons -- VR-6 and VR-8. These squadrons were equipped with the R-5D aircraft which was the Navy's version of the C-54 transport. Other Navy contributions included sea transport of supplies and vital aviation fuels. The U.S. Army's Transportation Corps managed the ocean freight terminals for both cargo and fuel. The Transportation Corps also operated the railroad, pipeline and truck systems from the European coastal ports to the heart of Berlin. The Airlift could not have succeeded without each service's unique contributions.

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