Historic C-54 plane lands at Cambria County Airport


JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A historic C-54 plane, “The Spirit of Freedom,” landed at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Tuesday.

The C-54’s arrival had many people excited to watch the landing, including plane enthusiast Jim Angello. 

“I love to see the planes coming in. There’s a certain utopia about it, it’s a great thing,” says Angello.

The plane is one of 330 planes that flew into Berlin from 1948-49 to deliver food and other supplies to more than 2.5 million hostages. The movement was dubbed the “Berlin Airlift.”

Co-pilot of the plane, Scott Szuhay says the planes would fly in designated routes, delivering the supplies and returning around the clock. In total, more than two-million tons of supplies were delivered and of the 330 planes from the airlift, this is the last plane still able to fly.

“This airplane is the only one left like it,” says Szuhay. 

The plane isn’t open to the public but Szuhay says they hope to be back in the Johnstown area toward the end of the summer.

The ”Spirit of Freedom” will sit at the Cambria County Airport for a few weeks until the group makes its next stop in Clarion, Pa on June 29.

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