April 21, 2010
Daring Young Men The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift: June 1948-May 1949 Richard Reeves Simon & Schuster: 336 pp., $28
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March 1, 2010 |
Jeanne M. Holm, who played a pivotal role in opening up the military to women and who was the first female general in the Air Force and the first woman in any military branch to become a two-star general, has died. She was 88. Holm died of pneumonia Feb. 15 at a hospital in Annapolis, Md., said Wilma Vaught, president of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. Holm lived in Edgewater, Md. "She truly was a legend in our lifetime," said Vaught, a retired Air Force one-star general.
July 14, 2008 |
Well before the new U.S. Embassy here officially opened in a soggy (outdoor and uncovered) Fourth of July celebration that featured hors d'oeuvres from McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, German critics had roundly savaged the building as an architectural disaster. Last May, the daily Suddeutsche Zeitung called it "Ft. Knox at the Brandenburg Gate." Der Tagesspiegel pronounced it a "triumph of banality."
April 30, 2008
Tempelhof Airport: An article in Sunday's Section A about a referendum on plans to close Berlin's historic Tempelhof Airport, site of the Berlin airlift, stated that Orville Wright gave a flight demonstration at the location in 1903. The demonstration was in 1909.
April 28, 2008 |
A grass-roots campaign to save Tempelhof Airport, the epicenter of the Berlin airlift of 1948-49, fizzled after supporters failed to win enough votes in a citywide referendum. Voters endorsed, 3 to 2, a measure to prevent the closure of the Cold War landmark. But election officials said they could not certify the results because turnout was too low. Only 22% of registered voters cast ballots in favor of the measure, short of the 25% required. Berlin lawmakers had previously decreed that the historic site must close in October to make way for a planned international airport on the southeast edge of the city.
December 5, 2007
Tempelhof Airport, which played a key role in the Berlin airlift after World War II, will close to passengers Oct. 31, 2008, Germany's top administrative court confirmed. The court threw out a bid by airlines to prevent Tempelhof's closure as part of plans to expand Schoenefeld Airport, a former military airport on the city's outskirts, into Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. Several airline companies that use the centrally located Tempelhof Airport tried to block the closure.