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    It's the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift which was a very complicated matter indeed. Just to illustrate one issue that is not shown in the linked BBC photo coverage is the matter of salt. Beside food and fuel Berlin needed drinking water but the water processing plants needed large amounts of salt used in the purification system. Salt is very corrosive and was regarded as a highly unsuitable cargo for bulk air transport even if bagged. The solution was to establish a flying boat base on a lake inside Berlin and use RAF Sunderland flying boats (which were proofed against exposure to salt) to fly in tons of the stuff. I wonder if we had to repeat the exercise today we could find suitable aircraft in sufficient numbers?
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    If you want to look a movie archives of the Berlin Airlift check this site out.
    Credo quia absurdum.

    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman


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