The Big Lift

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The Big Lift movie poster.

Movie (1950)
French title : La ville écartelée

Starring:
Montgomery Clift (Sgt. 1st Class Danny MacCullough)
Paul Douglas (MSgt. Henry 'Hank' Kowalski)
Cornell Borchers (Frederica Burkhardt)
Bruni Löbel (Gerda)
O.E. Hasse (Stieber)

Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

Douglas C-54G-1-DO Skymaster

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
Douglas C-54G-1-DO Skymaster 45-514 (c/n 35967) ran off end of runway into ditch and caught fire while landing at Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof 13 August 1948 during Berlin Airlift. Crew survived.

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Seen at 1h39mn, Douglas C-54 Skymaster of the MATS/USAF wearing 5514 on the nose.

Douglas C-54D Skymaster

5 stars actors in this movie, these Douglas C-54 Skymaster, from the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron of the MATS-Military Air Transport Service, established in 1948 by merge of the ATC-Air Transport Command of the USAF and the NATS-Navy Air Transport Service.

Douglas C-54D Skymaster "The white Hibiscus" s/n 43-17223 of the MATS/USAF.
Douglas C-54D Skymaster "The white Hibiscus" s/n 43-17223 of the MATS/USAF.
Douglas C-54D Skymaster "The white Hibiscus" s/n 43-17223 of the MATS/USAF.

On approach to Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof.

Douglas C-54D Skymaster "The white Hibiscus" s/n 43-17223 of the MATS/USAF.
Douglas C-54D Skymaster "The white Hibiscus" s/n 43-17223 of the MATS/USAF.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Another actor of this historical event. The Douglas C-47 Skytrain, at Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain of the MATS/USAF.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Soviet Air Force did actually operated around 200 P-47D Thunderbolt during WWII. But those might be “American P-47” rebadged as CCCP forces?

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.


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