Apart from the political consequences, this was an giant afford to keep such a big city like half Berlin alive for 15 month - just from air. Imagine, just three years ago Germans and Allies were enemies, tried to kill each other. And then, those guys risked their lifes to save the former enemies lifes - also to keep a little spot in the world free of another dictator.
Those kids who waited for some candy dropped by pilots are now our parents or grandparents. In Berlin the spirit of the airlift is still present. And some of us descandants can assume what went on that days and keep that in mind.