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'Candy Bomber' to Shower Children with Chocolate

Gail Halvorsen
Photo by Mark Forman

November 25, 2009 — Gail Halvorsen, whose place in history will always be as the Berlin Airlift pilot who dropped candy bars to German children during the Soviet Union’s blockade of Berlin in 1948, will return to the skies over Elizabeth City, North Carolina, next week where he’ll drop tiny parachutes laden with chocolate to children below. On December 5, Col. Halvorsen will fly the Spirit of Freedom, a restored 1945 Douglas C-54 aircraft operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, over Elizabeth City and make two separate drops as part of the First In Flight Festival that also features EAA Young Eagles rides.

Many will recall Col. Halvorsen’s visit to EAA AirVenture in 2007, which included a special presentation at Theater in the Woods (where he donned the same Air Force uniform he wore during the Airlift). You can listen to that presentation here. Col. Halvorsen was also was featured in this AirVenture Today story.

 
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