Air Relic Takes To Sky After 15 Years


Just in time for Veterans’ Day, a veteran plane is back in the skies. In operation from 1954 until being retired to in 1976, the Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter had been in mothballs at Floyd Bennett Field since 2002.  The plane, known as The Angel of Deliverance, was used during the Cold War in the Berlin Airlift. The Berlin Airlift was a coordinated effort by the Western Allies to get food and supplies to the people of West Berlin during the Cold War.

The aircraft, owned by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation (BAHF), took off on Tuesday morning, November 7, after years of painstaking restoration at Floyd Bennett Field.  Tim Chopp, founder of the BAHF, joked with, “If you had to choose between a sharp stick in the eye, or restoring a C-97 to airworthy condition, you might want to choose the stick, because it would be less painful.”

The plane and its crew flew to Tom’s River, New Jersey and then on to Reading, Pennsylvania.  Plans are for the C-97 to be on display at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading.

A search for a permanent home is underway.

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