In partnership with the Lone Star Flight Museum, Curator Stewart W. Bailey closes out our exhibition “70 Years Berlin Airlift” with a presentation on the Airlift in the context of the Cold War.
Using images and artifacts from the collection of the Lone Star Flight Museum, this presentation will look at the men, machines and organizations that made this miracle of logistics possible and how it set the tone for the Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact powers for the next 43 years.
Less than three years after the end of the Second World War, the allies who had just worked together to defeat Hitler’s Third Reich were on the verge of war again; this time against each other. In an attempt to thwart the West’s efforts to rebuild a shattered Germany, the Soviet Union set up a blockade around West Berlin in April, 1948, cutting off access to the city by land or water. The United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa responded by using the overwhelming airpower that had helped win the war to keep Berlin supplied and out of communist hands. For 11 months Allied airmen kept the city alive by bring in supplies needed to heat and feed a city while battling the weather, darkness and Soviet attempts to harass both the flyers and the city dwellers.
Stewart W. Bailey:
Curator for the Lone Star Flight Museum since April of 2016. Stewart Bailey has over 30 years of experience working in museums. Before coming to LSFM he served as Curator of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon, the Education Director for the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum in Michigan and as Executive Director of the Michigan Space & Science Center for seven and a half years. He started his career as the Exhibits Graphic Designer for the Cranbrook Institute of Science, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Bailey is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art, with a BFA in Graphic Design. A life-long aviation and spaceflight enthusiast, he has published a book on the Evergreen Museum collection and number of articles for aviation and space history magazines. He has also appeared in a number of television documentary productions and was featured in the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” episode on “Wood.”