Two Visits to Sarajevo: Total Elapsed Time 17 Minutes
By Richard H. Curtiss
As the plane bringing me from the Middle East landed at dusk, I counted eight camouflaged U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with their propellers spinning on the U.S. military air base runway that parallels the civilian runway of sprawling Frankfurt International Airport. They were taking off for one of the airdrops of food and medicines into beleaguered Bosnian enclaves that had taken place almost nightly since Feb. 28, 1993.
In the half-dozen visits to Frankfurt I had made since the U.S. Air Force began what it calls "airland" relief flights into besieged Sarajevo on July …