Berlin Airlift veterans gather for reunion in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Veterans gathered in Wichita Thursday unveiled a memorial to the Berlin Airlift, considered the first conflict of the Cold War.

In 1948 and 1949, the Berlin Airlift included an effort that delivered food, medicine and supplies to Berlin, Germany as the city was cut off by the Soviet Union in the years immediately following World War II.

Some of the pilots who flew those missions to offer aid were stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.

"It was a wonderful experience to help somebody who was in desperate need to bring a load of 30,000 pounds of flour and see their eyes open up as they came through the door to unload it," Air Force veteran Gail S. Halvorsen.

Thursday's memorial unveiling coincided with a four-day reunion of the Berlin Airlift Veterans Association. The four-day reunion in Wichita began Wednesday and continues through Saturday.