Gail S. Halvorsen

Berühmtester US-Luftbrückenpilot. Während der Berliner Luftbrücke warf er Schokoladentafeln an kleinen Fallschirmen für die Kinder von Berlin ab und wurde bald als Candypilot bekannt. Die Aktion erfasste dann die gesamte Air Force und die Flugzeuge kamen zu ihren Namen Rosinenbomber. Zum Ende der Luftbrücke wurden über 25 t Süßigkeiten von den Piloten abgeworfen um den Kindern in Berlin eine Freude zu machen. G. Halvorsen war von 1970 bis 1974 der Kommandeur von Tempelhof und erhielt das große Bundesverdienstkreuz. Er lebt heute, 91 jährig in Salt Lake City und kommt regelmäßig zu den Luftbrückentagen zu Besuch nach Berlin.


Dear Sir, dear Madam,
dear members of the aid association for the reconstruction of the ‘Candy Bomber‘,

I feel a need to contact you and assure you of my appreciation and my support.
62 years ago I flew C-54 candy bombers which brought supplies to the western half of the City of Berlin during the Berlin Blockade, again and again. We young pilots intended to help the people of Berlin during a time of uncertainty and privation, in order to prevent the inhabitants from starving to death. Our aircrafts were flying miracles. We wouldn‘t have made it without them: starting every 3 minutes, loading, unloading and off again.

Not only me, but my former buddies, too, we were happy to hear that 10 years ago, our candy bomber was taken back to Berlin: a vivid, still flying piece of history, unique in the world today. And lt‘s important, because the airlift, too, was unique in the world.

After the accident a lot of people all over the world were really sad. Therefore I do thank you for your initiative to reconstruct our historical candy bomber. And I appeal to you: even under difficulties don‘t give up — we didn‘t!

I assure you – It‘s worthwhile fighting for this indestructible, reliable aircraft. It represents a story of historical success. The candy bomber then helped millions of people.

Now It‘s your turn to help our candy bomber to ‘wiggle its wings‘ again.


Gail S. Halvorsen
(April 2011)

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