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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 08:37 PM UTC
New from Iliad Design comes a great set of alternative markings for four C-47s that broke the Soviet siege during the Berlin Airlift.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 11:13 PM UTC
I'm very much interested in the Berlin history and "Luftbrücke".
(Thank's to all the allies involved in the Berlin Airlift who saved the lifes of the people and health of my hometown !!!)

As for the Fassberg-Flyer:

"The "Fassberg Flyer" was originally built for the US Army Air Force by Douglas Aircraft in 1943 and carried the USAAF serial no. 43-15208. From 1950 until 1974, the aircraft served with the Royal Norwegian Air Force with the markings TA-M and BW-M. In 1974 it returned to the USA and under the civilian registration N62102 was operated by Shawnee Airlines of Sarasota, Florida. The aircraft's US registration was cancelled in July 1977. Apparently sometime after this the aircraft entered service with the Guatemalan Air Force. In February 1993 it was converted to turboprop power as a Basler BT-67 (conversion no. 19) by Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, WI, for use as a tactical transport by the Guatemalan AF. On return to active service the aircraft crashed in Guatemala on 6 February 1994. It appears to have been written off.

Currently there is a Berlin Airlift Memorial Museum which is part of the Luftwaffe School of Engineering 3 located at the former Fassberg airbase. Since 1999 one of the featured attractions has been a C-47A in "Fassburg Flyer" colours with the USAF serial 315208 on its tail. This aircraft is actually a former Turkish Air Force C-47A, ex-USAF 43-30729, donated in 1998 to the museum by the Turkish government. It was transported to Germany courtesy of Airbus Industrie in one of its Beluga transports."