During the Berlin Airlift a third airport has been constructed in Tegel, in the French sector. However, the airport could not begin operations because two radio towers, operated by the soviet forces obstructed the landing area.
On that day, French engineers destroyed the transmitting towers of the communist-run radio station near Tegel.
This incident directly inspired the Chapter 34: „The Radio Towers” in the historical novel „Eagles Over Berlin”
„The transport division of the Soviet military administration is compelled to halt all passenger and freight traffic to and from Berlin tomorrow at 0600 hours because of technical difficulties. West Berlin will receive electricity only between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m....”