Last Call- Follow Me Edition

Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport became internationally known as the terminus for ‘Operation Vittles‘ better known as the Berlin Airlift. For 11 months USAF C-47 Skytrains flew food and supplies into Tempelhof in flagrant disregard of the Soviet Union’s attempt to isolate the divided German city.
Once the C-47s were on the ground, they were no doubt guided to their destination by a car like the Volkswagen above which was specially fitted with signs, spot lights, and an amazing panoramic rear window to ensure that the guide didn’t lose his follower.
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  1. Bret Dodson Avatar

    That is a fascinating Type 1. I love that the fellow in the car is doing the old “cellular drape”, where you make a conspicuous display of your car phone. This was popular in the halcyon days of the 1980s, when car phones were just becoming within reach of plebians and poseurs.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      What is this picture series of yours? I think I lost the start. 🙂

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        Isn’t there one of those pictures with jazz trumpeter Al Hirt in it?

        1. irishzombieman Avatar

          Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain, too.

      2. irishzombieman Avatar

        Years ago a friend in college got a postcard from another friend who was visiting New Orleans that looked something like this:

        Not this exact picture, but it was the Blue Dog in a swamp. The most famous motif of a Louisiana artist named George Rodrigue, the dog is based on a Cajun ghost legend mixed with an ugly dog Rodrigue had owned.
        Blew my mind, and I almost stole that postcard. It was like a ghost from inside of my head stepped out and stared at me, a ghost I’d always known was there but had never seen and when I saw it I recognized it instantly.
        Anyway, from an art appreciation point of view, just wanted to share some really amazing paintings from a fantastic artist.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar
        2. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

          You’re telling me they had memes before the internet?
          That sounds like one of them internet hoaxes.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    The “raisin bombers”, as they were also known, are essential to the ongoing deep relationship between Germany and the US. The effort is so crazy, the logistics mind-blowing – we’re talking up to 1400 planes per 24 hours! – that it would be a challenge today. Yet, this happened more or less right after the most devastating war in history. I don’t think it will ever be forgotten.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      And there are probably still plenty of Germans who were children then, that remember the Hershey bars falling from the sky, dropped by the pilots.

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    Imagine what one of those VWs would be worth today. I wonder if any still exist?

  4. Tomsk Avatar

    Berlin Tempelhof Airport (which closed in 2008) will host the German round of Formula E on May 23.