Good Friday 1949 was a significant date for Germany; it was a day that brought about a new future to the country. Unfortunately it was not a united one.
The Berlin Blockade lasted between 24th June 1948 – 12th May and was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During this period, the Soviet Union blocked access to the Western Allied sectors of Berlin to prevent the supply of food a fuel getting through. It was therefore up to the aircrews from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, and Britain to bring aid by airlifting supplies to the people of West Berlin.
By 1949, the effort was paying off, and on Good Friday, the Berlin Airlift reached its height with 689 planes carrying almost five hundred thousand tonnes of food and coal to the city. In May, the blockade was lifted, but it resulted in the separation of East and West Germany.
In remembrance of this event, The Royal Airforce Museum are holding an Easter Airlift on the 5th April. You will be able to make parachutes and origami supply boxes, then drop them from great heights.
Also taking place between the 1st-12th April is an Easter Trail. Giant Easter eggs will be hidden all around the museum, each with a secret code. Find the eggs, decipher the code and win a prize.