Known initially as "On Wings of Eagles" and later as "Operation Magic Carpet", the top-secret emergency Jewish Airlift of 1948-1949 was born to rescue Jewish refugees from around the world and bear them to their ancient homeland--the newly born nation of Israel.
Surrounded by enemies and attacked from all sides, the new state cried out for its scattered children to come home.
In Shanghai, homeless Jews, fresh from the horrors of Germany and Russia, huddled in ghettos and prayed for rescue. In Yemen, forgotten tribes of Jews trekked miles of desert and robber-infested mountains to the ancient port city of Aden, within the British Protectorate, to await a miracle.
It came in the form of a tiny, struggling American airline known as Alaska Airlines.
Alaskan pilots and crew little suspected they would create an aviation legend. With inadequate aircraft and no preparation, they risked their lives every time they lifted from Aden or Shanghai runways to fly Jewish refugees across Muslim territory to the embattled new country.
Warren Metzger and Marian Liscomb were among those who accepted the challenge. Dodging bullets and bombs, Warren, Marian, and their fellow Alaskans faced deadly peril, bureaucratic bungling, inspirational faith and courage, horrors and heroism to help fulfill an ancient prophecy.
They bore the children of Israel to the Holy Land "on the wings of eagles."
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