After the war, RAF transports helped keep Berliners alive during the Soviet blockade of the city in 1948/49. As well as flying round-the-clock operations into the airport, Sunderland flying boats delivered supplies by landing on Lake Havel near the city. During the 1960s the RAF augmented its fixed-wing aircraft with helicopters like the Chinook.
Bringing RAF’s story into the modern era, various aircraft have been designed since the war. A plane that extended the RAF’s capabilities is the C130 Hercules. This aircraft has proved its capabilities in countless environments from resupply to dropping paratroopers. As has been demonstrated many times in conflicts, control of the skies remains a deciding factor in the outcome.
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