I WILL NEVER be able to sell ice cream in a truck. Because I have a horrible ice cream memory that starts with checking out a refrigerated van back in 1988.
Along with a dozen friends, I planned to use the van to sell American ice cream to Germans at Europe's largest air show. On August 27, 1988, I helped load the refrigerated compartment with gallons and gallons of ice cream. And we also had American hot dogs and American hamburgers too. From past experience, we knew the exact amount of product we would sell on a warm Sunday. And as history shows, the sun shone magnificently on Sunday, August 28, 1988. Nearly 300,000 people gathered under blue sky and wispy clouds to enjoy displays of aircraft on the ground and in the air. Many of those visitors walked away with generous dollops of ice cream served out of the van we borrowed from a logistics supply centre.
The van was excess to stock. It wasn't in regular use because it was designated as War Stock for use as a temporary morgue. There are no ice cream vans on the War Stock Vehicle List.
Bernie Goldbach kept a journal of Ramstein's last Flugtag.