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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:32 AM
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Ok, so in the Berlin Airlift scenario, more often than not you'd be seeing American and British fighters escorting Soviet intruders out of the air corridor as opposed to the other way around on account of having a more legitimate claim to (forgive the expression) "right of way"?
Yeah, pretty much, though that's only if the Soviets got too aggressive and actually started actively hampering the airlift. Soviet fighters were allowed to penetrate the air corridor numerous times and harass cargo planes, because nobody wanted a war.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:38 AM
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Ok, so in the Berlin Airlift scenario, more often than not you'd be seeing American and British fighters escorting Soviet intruders out of the air corridor as opposed to the other way around on account of having a more legitimate claim to (forgive the expression) "right of way"?
I'm not sure about that. I though (and I might be wrong) that the air corridors were Soviet Airspace with Allied transit rights, i.e. the Soviets can't stop Allied aircraft from using them without backing treaties but they can send planes into the corridors.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:39 AM
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Yeah, but WI the Allied planes refused to be escorted away? After all, they were operating in their own air corridors that the Soviets had no right to be in.

And if the Soviets had fired warning shots, they may have turned away, but as stated previously, they would have been back with their own escorts.
Especially in the early days of the airlift most of the aircrew were veterans of WWII. The pilots were used to flying in close formation and there were a high percentage of pilots that had faced head on slashing attacks by the Luftwaffe over Germany or the Japanese in the Pacific. So they had the nerves to withstand the intimidating tactics of the Soviets. To the Soviets credit they were generally very experienced also. They knew their aircrafts capabilities and were very good at following orders, taking the threat exactly as far as ordered and making sure they didn't go further.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:56 AM
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Basically, both sides were engaged in a campaign of trolling and counter-trolling, trying to make things inconvenient and/or embarassing enough for the other guy to give up. Nobody actually wanted war, especially the Soviets as they were at an atomic disadvantage (though this wasn't the "world ends" type of nuclear threat, as the US arsenal had no H-bombs and was still fairly small by Cold War standards).
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