the Candy Bomber Highlights

Date: May 20th & 21st, 2022

If you ever wonder how much difference one person can make in the world all you have to do is look at the life and legacy of Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, The Berlin Candy Bomber. Thousands gathered in Provo and Spanish Fork on May 20th & 21st to celebrate the change he made in the world when he shared two sticks of gum at the fence around Berlin’s Templehof Airport in 1948.

The two day celebration began at the Provo Airport with tours of the Spirit of Freedom is a World War II era C-54 that has been lovingly restored by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation and a C-17 that was renamed The Spirit of the Candy Bomber during the event.


Colonel Gall S. Halvorsen is a light to the world. He brought that light to the children of Berlin during the Berlin Airlift and became known to them as Uncle Wiggly Wings and The Candy Bomber. He has been sharing that light with children the world over since then with his message of ‘service before self, attitude, gratitude, and the power of little things adding up to big things.”

Learn more about his legacy and how you can help keep it alive.

Operation VittlesOperation Little Vittles


Miles flown during the airlift, almost the distance from the earth to the sun


Tons of food and fuel delivered to Berlin


Pounds of candy dropped


Parachutes used in Operation Little Vittles

Sponsors Col. Halvorsen, his family and the Foundation are grateful to the Foundation are grateful to the many companies, organizations and individuals who are helping to keep The Candy Bomber Legacy alive.