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    TEMPELHOF AIRPORT... WEST BERLIN'S MAIN AIR TRAFFIC CENTRE, CONNECTED BY THE THREE ALLIED AIR CORRIDORS?

  • Description

    TEMPELHOF AIRPORT... WEST BERLIN'S MAIN AIR TRAFFIC CENTRE, CONNECTED BY THE THREE ALLIED AIR CORRIDORS WITH HAMBURG, HANOVER AND FRANKFURT IN WEST GERMANY.

    ACTIVITIES WERE NORMAL HERE ON AUG 25 DESPITE THE PREVIOUS DAY'S RUSSIAN NOTE ACCUSING THE WESTERN POWERS OF USING THE AIR CORRIDORS FOR FLYING "SPIES AND SABOTEURS" TO WEST BERLIN.

    FOR WEST BERLIN, TEMPELHOF AIRPORT IS AS IMPORTANT IN THE PRESENT PRESENT CRISIS AS IT WAS DURING THE 11-MONTH BLOCKADE WHICH ENDED ON MAY 12, 1949. DURING THESE MONTHS, WHEN ALL ROADS, RAILWAYS AND WATERWAYS TO WEST BERLIN WERE CUT OFF, THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND FRENCH AIR FORCES FLEW FOOD, COAL AND OTHER SUPPLIES TO BERLIN AT A RATE OF 5,500 TONS A DAY. EVERY THREE MINUTES A PLANE LANDED WITH A CARGO OF VITAL PROVISIONS.

    AS EAST GERMAN REFUGEES STREAMED INTO WEST BERLIN IN EVER MOUNTING NUMBERS, THE AIR CORRIDORS BECAME THEIR ESCAPE ROUTE TO WEST GERMANY. DURING THE WEEKS BEFORE AUG 13 - WHEN THE EAST-WEST BERLIN BORDER WAS CLOSED - REFUGEES WERE FLOWN OUT FROM TEMPELHOF AT A RATE OF MORE THAN 1,000 A DAY.

    EVERY DAY ABOUT 130 VICIVIL AIRCRAFT REACH WEST BERLIN THROUGH THE AIR CORRIDORS. AIRFREIGHT PASSING THROUGH THE CORRIDORS AT PRESENT - SOME 600 TONS PER MONTH - IS LITTLE AS COMPARED WITH THE BLOCKADE DAYS, BUT SOME OF IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. WEST GERMANY'S PAPER CURRENCY IS PRINTED IN WEST BERLIN, AND NO WEST GERMAN WOULD LIKE TO SEE BUNDLES OF BANK NOTES GOING BY ROAD THROUGH EAST GERMAN CHECKPOINTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBSMT3SBPNX9P1HB9ENCOXRIW
    Media URN:
    VLVADBSMT3SBPNX9P1HB9ENCOXRIW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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