"Raisin bombers" flying over Berlin
In 1948, the USSR began the land blockade of West Berlin, closing the land communication with the American, British and French zones of occupation of the city. As a result, the former allies and now Cold War rivals organized an air bridge.
During the flights, one of the American pilots, Gail Helvorsen, came up with an original idea: before approaching he dropped bags of sweets on small parachutes.
Soon, other pilots began to drop similar packages, and the sweets were bought with donations collected by the Americans and the British. The packages usually put chocolate, gum and raisins. Because of these packages, airplanes delivering cargo on an air bridge were called “ram bombers”. So they under this name remained in history.