Issued in 1999, this First Day Cover commemorates 50 years since the Berlin Airlift.
In 1948-9 Stalin denied free access to the Allies into West Berlin therefore putting a stranglehold on the people that lived and worked there. This stranglehold prevented any access to food and provisions, pretty much starving the population. To counter this, the Allies opted to supply West Berlin by air. During the Berlin Airlift, an Allied supply plane took off or landed in West Berlin every 30 seconds. The planes made nearly 300,000 flights in all.