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Thunder Under the Big Sky

First Aired Monday, March 11th, 2019

Fifteen-thousand military planes roared into Great Falls during World War II. Three years later, courageous Air Force pilots and crews trained 24-hours a day in Great Falls preparing for the Berlin Airlift. They stopped the Cold War blockade, and probably prevented World War III. At the same time, a new Air National Guard was formed to serve Montana, and they were later called up to support oversees wars. A decade later, there was the race in Montana to ready the Minutemen missile as Russia stockpiled missiles in Cuba. It all happened in north-central Montana, and often in top-secret conditions.