Len HurstOne of the civilian pilots who flew on the Berlin Airlift.
Len Hurst – Film 1Len was originally a Naval man but after he was demobbed he found that in post-war England, jobs were hard to come by so he looked at other options.
Len Hurst – Film 2After getting his Ministry of Civil Aviation licence Len approaches all the major airlines of the day for some work. In Germany the Russians were restricting access to Berlin and an Airlift was started.
Len Hurst – Film 3Len gets a job and is sent to Hamburg as a radio officer. When he arrives he finds that a strike is on.
Len Hurst – Film 4Len recalls one flight where the pilot was more than three sheets to the wind. It wasnt an uncommon experience.
Len Hurst – Film 5Len recounts an occasion when his aircraft is forced to remain flying at low altitude because of a problem with the control locks.
Len Hurst – Film 6Len details some of the loads that his aircraft carried. Many of the aircraft on the Airlift were converted heavy bombers which were built to take off heavy, fly for long distance and then land light. On the airlift the opposite was true and Len recalls a very lucky escape when his planes under carriage collapses.
Len Hurst – Film 7Many of the systems used in airports around the world today were developed and improved on the Berlin Airlift. Len recalls the stacking procedure adopted at Gatow where they would be talked down to the runway via GCA [Ground Control Approach].
Len Hurst – Film 8For Len, having had no job to such an amount of flying it was impossible for him to not to realise how important the impact of the airlift was having on Berlin.
Len Hurst – Film 9Len reflects on the devastation he saw in Hamburg where roads werent even visible. He was also flying into Berlin after the Airlift had finished and recalls the amount of river traffic heading back to the city. If like us you like Lens story you might be interested in his book. Email us if you want details. Thanks.
One of the civilian pilots who flew on the Berlin Airlift.