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   Vol. 18 No. 16
Monday March 4, 2019

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  Once again cargo leads the way in aviation pioneering, as humans have entered SpaceX's Crew Dragon in outer space, just hours after the commercial spacecraft docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning. This was the first time for Crew Dragon in space.
  The new space vehicle, carrying 400 pounds of cargo was launched Saturday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  It was Crew Dragon’s first test flight and the first launch of NASA’s commercial crew program — a public-private partnership in which the agency awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co. a combined $6.8 billion in contracts to build separate spacecraft that will take NASA astronauts to the space station.
  On Sunday, the ISS crew watched as Crew Dragon became the first American commercial space vehicle designed to carry humans. dock at the station, according to NASA.
  Then ISS astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Artemyev swung open the hatch and entered the capsule at 7:07 a.m.

SpaceX Cargo Unloading Space Cargo Unloading 2
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  The successful maneuver was greeted with cheers from the Hawthorne, California’s headquarters of Elon Musk's ambitious space company.
  "Congratulations to all nations, private space firms and individuals who wake up every day driven by the magic of exploration," American astronaut Anne McClain, the third crew member on the ISS, said at a welcoming ceremony broadcast over NASA TV.
  "This day belongs to all of us."
  Crew Dragon will remain at the space station for a few days before undocking and splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday morning, where a recovery ship will be nearby to pick it up.
  Boeing is set to launch its first uncrewed test mission in April, with a crewed mission no earlier than August. SpaceX’s crewed test flight is set for no earlier than July.
  This movement back into space is quite reminiscent of the early pioneering days of commercial aviation, when governments supplied the money and entrepreneurial people developed an industry.
   Make no mistake, the movement into space right now in terms of development is about where the Wright Brothers were in powered flight 116 years ago.
  By any measure we are in for high adventure and exciting advances ahead that will change time and space.
  And air cargo first in our hearts, is leading the way.

Chuckles for March 4, 2019

Thomas Uschtrin

     The idea for these stories was not planned. They happened in the course of gathering editorial. Recently we had the good fortune to speak to Thomas Uschtrin of United Cargo in Moerfelden, Germany.
     Thomas stands at six foot seven. Beyond the obvious, he stands tall in performance and thought as well.

Tall Thomas

     Thomas Uschtrin, United Cargo Sales Manager Germany, heads up a team of fourteen and has some big ideas for team and business development.
     But it’s all about building a strong, fluid cargo product for United Airlines from the ground up.
     Thomas puts it this way:
     “I love working together with our forwarder partners to create shipping solutions that are win-win.
     “We work at every aspect of our approach so that our customers can see by our actions in real time that we never forget how important they are.
     “The cargo business is a long-term relationship, not a hit-and-run affair.
     “Our 15 flights a day out of Germany, the economic engine of Europe, are a great foundation to build on. Then we go the extra mile and keep our customers close so that everyone knows what to expect,” Thomas said.
     “I am especially proud of the team that we have put together here.
     “Recently we gathered for a meeting in Barcelona, where I was especially impressed with how our people shared the strategies and tactics they have learned from experience to lift our collective effort.
     “United Cargo people care about each other and it shows in our daily work performance and how everyone pitches in, no matter the situation, to keep the commerce moving.”

From Passenger To Cargo

     Thomas began his career at American Airlines as an intern in the passenger business, moving over to cargo with Continental in 1997.
     “Every aspect of my airline career has helped me better understand the importance of always working to grow friendships and understanding with colleagues and customers.
     “I experienced firsthand the merger of Continental and United into one airline and all that entailed.
     “Now that United and Lufthansa Cargo are involved in our exciting new joint venture, I can tell you that just as Rome was not built in a day, people at both carriers worked countless hours on the details of our cargo joint venture.
     “We took a gradual, thorough approach with our different synergies, and we have created a supreme logistics offering we’re all proud of.
     “For example, where we are conducting joint sales calls there is no hierarchy involved. Rather, both airlines’ offer an unbeatable combined strength.
     “I might add that the United-Lufthansa Cargo JV works, in very large part, because both airlines have top cargo management that is always approachable.”

About Tall Thomas

     Thomas considers himself a life-long student of many things, but especially of music.
     “I have recently picked up my piano playing again, and I realize how much fun making music provides.
     “I live here in Germany, not far from FRA airport and yet very close to a natural forest, which is a great location for a nature-lover like me.
     “I often take the opportunity to run and hike a few miles, and favor Mediterranean cuisine.
     “I also love to travel to many places.”

2018 A Very Good Year

     “I saw the best results of my career in 2017 and 2018, and I’m confident that this year will also be solid.
     “For me, the most important contributor to a good life is having long-term relationships that are open, honest, and trusting.
     “It’s OK to make mistakes; that just means you’re human. Learning from mistakes is an excellent way to become a better person and better at whatever you do.
     “An open and honest contributor to others’ success: that is what I strive to be as a leader and partner,” Tall Thomas said.

Ashwin Bhat
Overnight Sensation Decade In The Making

  “Continuing a partnership marketing cargo for Edelweiss that began in 2009 offers great opportunities for both us and our customers, as we are able to complement our already strong international network with additional routes in diverse markets,” said Ashwin Bhat, (above) Head of Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo confirming the agreement with Bernd Bauer CEO, Edelweiss.
  Today Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure airline and sister company of Swiss, fields 16 aircraft serving 70 destinations in 34 countries.
  Swiss WorldCargo markets cargo capacity for Edleweiss at Vancouver, Calgary, Cancun, San Jose, Tampa, Orlando, Punta Cana, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego, Havana and Buenos Aires, Phuket, Colombo, Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Malé, Mauritius and Cape Town, Larnaca, Gran Canaria, Pristina, Tenerife and Skopje.

Karneval In Rhineland

Jo Frigger  They are celebrating Karneval (Carnival) in Cologne, Germany this week, and during the festivities cargo is in the picture.
  An indication of the importance of this Rhineland event each year is seen in a classic candid with Cologne native Jo Frigger, Chairman of EMO Trans, toasting the grand event.
  We congratulate the Gala of the Cologne Karneval Association "Fidele Zunftbrueder" (freely translated- "Happy Guild Brothers”) that marks its 100th anniversary in 2019.
   The 2019 black tie event (many folks were in various costumes) took place at the Hotel Maritim in Cologne on February 23.
  Here in America, Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, but Mardis Gras is well underway right now, in fact, full bore in New Orleans and elsewhere, as you read this.
  All of this leads up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
  For us, we cherish the thought of celebrating family & friends as another winter melts into spring, and life begins again.
  Won’t be too long until the scene shifts to Bavaria for the Spargel season.
  Meantime, please pass the Crawfish Étouffée!

Berlin Airlift Kids

Now for everybody who loves aviation, and especially folks that today live and work in air cargo, comes a unique opportunity. Right on the heels of a major world gathering—Air Cargo Europe in Munich, Germany at Transport Logistik June 4-7, the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift is being celebrated in grand style from June 10 until June 18. Eight days full of events featuring the people and more than 40 aircraft gathered from all over the world, returning to Germany, where modern air cargo made history saving the city of Berlin in 1948-49.
     The "heroes" of this hitherto unique humanitarian aid action and solidarity were the aviation and ground crews of the "Raisin Bombers”.

Berlin Airlift Crews

     That name was given to aircraft that had once appeared above the City of Berlin spelling destruction, but in a complete reversal just three years after the end of World War II, returned, delivering coal and food. The air cargo crews often gave the children, who gathered at the airport to watch the action taking place, Hershey bars and other candy and fruit, thus the name, Raisin Bombers.
     In June 2019, the historic "Raisin Bombers" will return for the 70th anniversary of the Airlift - most likely for the last time.
     The machines of the era will all be there including DC3 / C 47, DC4 and JU 52, making their way to Berlin and elsewhere in the original path of the 48-49 Airlift.
     Nearly 40 aircraft are coming, or enough to recreate the Airlift at the original time intervals, accompanied by multi-day public events and school and youth projects.
     For the first time in history, the Airlift will be visible and tangible for today's generation.
     At the airports in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, at Faßberg (Lower Saxony, 10 km from Munster), at Schleswig Jagel, at Schönhagen (40 km south of Berlin), crews and machines will be at the disposal of the public.
     Berlin Airlift 2019 will be an "air bridge to touch".
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Berlin Airlift Aircraft

Why Berlin Airlift Matters in 2019

      Apart from the blockade of street traffic in 1948 the Soviets also successively blocked all routes by land, rail, and water between West Berlin and the three Western zones.
     Only the air corridors on which the four victorious powers had agreed in the Air Agreement of 1945/46 were unaffected. As Berlin began to starve, the three Western powers commenced an Airlift to supply the city and its approximately two million inhabitants with the necessities of life.
     It was an ambitious plan never before attempted on this scale and it was unclear whether it would work.
     On July 28, 1948, the first American and British aircraft landed at Tempelhof and Gatow airfields with goods for the people of Berlin.
     Many other flights followed, but nobody could predict how long the blockade would last.
     For that reason, the Western powers initially planned to supply the city into the winter.
     The aim during the first weeks of the Airlift was to fly 4,500 tons of goods into the city every day.
     This was raised to 5,000 tons a day in the autumn of 1948.
     Coal to meet the city’s energy needs made up a large proportion of the tonnage.
     In October U.S. General William H. Tunner was appointed to head the Combined Airlift Taskforce (CALTF), which had its headquarters in Wiesbaden. He perfected the Airlift.
     The American military governor of Germany, General Lucius D. Clay, ensured the necessary political support of U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
     Clay continually requested more and larger aircraft to use in the Airlift, and Truman approved them.
     In the first months of the Airlift, the French occupying power participated with six airplanes.
     The urgently needed third Berlin airport called Tegel in the French sector was completed in November 1948.
     Some 19,000 workers built it in record time, taking just three months.
     The British mobilized the Royal Air Force and contracted with an additional 25 charter companies to fly mainly oil and gasoline into Berlin.
     Aside from moving a healthy 23% volume of the total Airlift tonnage during the Airlift, the British were also responsible for the lion’s share of passenger transport during the blockade.
     With their C-54-transport planes, the U.S. forces provided the largest air fleet for “Operation Vittles,” as the Americans called the mission.
Richard Malkin At The Reichstag      In the Spring of 1949, the operation to supply Berlin was working so well that on some days more goods were flown into the city than had arrived before the blockade by road, water, and rail combined.
     The Western powers used the media very effectively to publicize this outstanding efficiency.
     Included in this coverage was FlyingTypers’ own senior contributing editor, the late Richard Malkin, (pictured at the Reichstag).
     The continued positive reporting on Allied tonnage and the growing reputation of the Western powers were certainly part of the reason for the lifting of the Soviet blockade on May 12, 1949. Despite the end of the blockade, the Airlift continued for another four months into late summer 1949.
     The historical events known as the “Berlin Blockade” and the “Berlin Airlift” are thus chronologically not wholly identical.
     The lifting of the blockade and the end of the Airlift solved the first crisis of the Cold War by logistical means – without military force.
     This does not, however, mean that there were no casualties of the Airlift.
     At least 78 people died in airplane accidents.
     Their names are engraved on the base of the Airlift Memorial in the Berlin district of Tempelhof.

Occupiers Become Protectors

     The Berlin Airlift palpably changed the relationship between the Western powers and West Berlin.
     Just a few years after World War II, the one-time enemies had mastered a severe political crisis by intensive cooperation. The population of Berlin now experienced the occupying powers as protecting powers.
     The world in general was also made aware of the growing potential of air cargo.

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