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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 8:06 am

We went the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento as guests of our grandfather, Wendell Houck, 92 — who was honored as air traffic control chief during the Berlin Airlift in 1948.

There were families of German survivors of the Berlin Airlift, as well as families of the workers and pilots. We had our own tent and a special ceremony as part of the program. The day was fantastic, with hands on areas for knowledge and enjoyment.

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