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Berlin Airlift remembered at Winchester Airport this weekend

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The Berlin Airlift will be commemorated during the annual Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In at Winchester Regional Airport this weekend.

EEA Chapter 186, the airport authority and the Holiday Inn Historic Gateway of Winchester are sponsoring the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation's "Spirit of Freedom" visit Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release from the airport.

"The Spirit of Freedom" was flown by the Army Air Corps during the airlift between June 1948-May 1949 after the Soviet Union cut off ground access to Berlin, the release states. It was one of hundreds of planes flown by the Americans and the British to drop off supplies to Berlin residents as part of "Operation Vittles," according to the release.

Visitors will be able to tour the airplane's on-board museum, it states.

The airlift's "Operation Little Vittles," which featured the dropping of candy will be re-enacted with a candy drop over the runway at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting, according to the release.

For more information, call Tim Chopp at 732-818-0034, or visit the foundations' website at spiritoffreedom.org.

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