European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Feb 25 1968, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 25, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseIt s late at night and the Snow cold and crusty but an incoming medevac flight gets fast service. D n in lever closes the Crew is gone but Rhein main maintenance men Are still hard at work on a visiting c97. It s a cold empty world at 3 . In a c124 flying at 8,000 feet Over the heart of Germany cold and empty that is until those Lovely rows of runway lights Flicker into View Down below. Short minutes later the plane is guided into position by a ground crewman with flashing lights. Coffee a Short ride to quarters and a warm bed Are just around the Corner. While the Crew and passengers Are resting on the Job maintenance men Are preening the Bird for the next morning s trip. So an air base never closes particularly when it is the Gateway to Europe As Rhein main proudly labels itself. Some 41,000 passengers a month pass through Rhein main which shares runways with Frankfurt inter National Airport most Are headed to or from the United states but Many Are travelling inside the theater As medical patients on inspection trips or just off for a new Post. While most passengers a sunday february 25, 1968 rive during Normal working hours Rhein main aver Ages 21 flights in and out Between 6 . And 6 . Business at Rhein main is complicated by the 42 on base tenant organizations As Well As the support required by 69 . Agencies located off base. Biggest customer for the base is undoubtedly the Aerial port which handles eight out of the 10 persons As signed to the theater in transit. The traffic adds up to about 345,000 filled Beds per year for the port facility. Rhein main traces its beginning Back to 1936, when it opened As an Airport and As Home for the giant zeppelins which sailed the Atlantic airlines. In 1948 it became the Allied staging area for the Berlin Airlift in 1959 it shifted to the Job of main Supply and support base for the . Forces in Europe. Today it is still doing that24 hours a Day seven Days a week. Sam Bauman the stars and stripes her patients safely on buses bound for quarters a medevac nurse gets ready to find a place for herself and her paperwork. Page h

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