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The Challenger... Weighing in at 47,000 POUNDS!
C-54E R-5D SPIRIT OF FREEDOM
Founded in 1988, the Foundation has obtained and restored to flying condition, a Douglas C-54E transport aircraft, which helped support the C-54's which carried out this great mission. Named "SPIRIT OF FREEDOM", the aircraft is painted to represent the 48th Troop Carrier Squadron, one of the many groups which carried out the event. Inside, the "SPIRIT", is a genuine museum dedicated to the Berlin Airlift, filled with artifacts, displays, and information explaining this all important event in recent history.
Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company S/N 27370 and delivered to the Army Air Corps in March of 1945 as 44-9144. She was then part of a transfer of 25 C-54E's to the United States Navy and recieved a BuNo of 90414 on May 30, 1945. She then took on the designation of R5D-4.
The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of the greatest humanitarian/aviation event in history, The Berlin Airlift. Our Mission is to preserve this memory by preserving several aircraft used in the great event and creating "Flying Memorials and Classrooms" with the purpose of educating the public about this pivotal, yet forgotten, event in world history.
The Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) is owned by the County of Dare and operated by a nine member Airport Authority that oversees the airport's daily operations. MQI utilizes two runways (5-23) and (17-35) with radio controlled lighting.
The Dare County Airport Authority shall seek to improve the economy, safety and welfare of Dare County and shall endeavor to be the leading provider of Airport Services in Eastern North Carolina.