ARMED FORCES: Over the Hump

A heavy fog settled over the air corridors to blockaded Berlin. Instrument flying was the rule rather than the exception. On some days the airlift terminals were socked in so tightly that operations were suspended for as long as nine hours at a time. But after the first month of Germany's rugged winter weather, the daily average of cargo hauled stood at 4,229 tons—only some 300 tons below minimum needs.

By last week U.S. and British airmen were confident that they were over the hump. With the help of reserves built up during...

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