Berlin Airlift Mission Accomplished!

Gail Halvorsen, known as 'Candy bomber pilot' (in German 'Rosinenbomber'), stands in front of a historical plane of the same type the former US-pilot used for the 'Luftbruecke' (lit. 'air bridge') over Berlin after World War II in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 21 November 2016. PHOTO: BORIS ROESSLER/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Our Mission Continues Celebration May 18th, 2024 Come celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift and the groundbreaking of the Halvorsen Heritage Center on May 18th at the Spanish Fork Airport!!! 2:00pm  Groundbreaking at the North end of the airport, by the National Guard Armory; Free to the public. 6:00pm Mission… Continue reading Berlin Airlift Mission Accomplished!

The Candy Bomber

You may have noticed that our website has a new address! The Halvorsen Aviation Foundation wouldn’t exist without our namesake, Gail Halvorsen, the famous Berlin Candy Bomber. This month marks two years since his passing. We honor his memory and express our love for him and gratitude for his legacy. But Gail wasn’t always famous.… Continue reading The Candy Bomber

A/TA Conference in Grapevine, TX 2023

The entrance to the Exhibit Hall, named after Gail.

This year the Airlift/Tanker Association Conference was held in Grapevine, Texas at the Gaylord Convention center. There was a large turnout of Airlift professionals—around 4,000! Colonel Gail Halvorsen loved the A/TA, and was honored to be in their Hall of Fame. He rarely missed an opportunity to attend this annual gathering of Airlift professionals. Jim… Continue reading A/TA Conference in Grapevine, TX 2023

2023 Bear River High School Veterans Day/ Art Against Walls

Today there was an assembly held at the Bear River High School in Garland Utah to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Colonel Gail Halvorsen’s story was highlighted by three of his children, Brad, Denise and Marilyn.             Bear River High School graduate Gail Halvorsen is the world-famous Berlin Candy Bomber and was… Continue reading 2023 Bear River High School Veterans Day/ Art Against Walls

Art Against Walls, October 2023

When Colonel Gail Halvorsen spoke to the children attending the Gail S. Halvorsen Schule—an elementary school named in his honor in Berlin, Germany—he always encouraged them to have grateful, hopeful hearts and to spread that hope and faith in a better future to others. They are doing just that! Recently, the Gail S. Halvorsen Schule… Continue reading Art Against Walls, October 2023

Happy Birthday Gail!

Today is Colonel Halvorsen’s 103rd birthday. We love and miss him and remember him with joy and tenderness.

Wings & Wheels 2023

Wings and Wheels was a great success! This event is very community focused and is also a great introduction to the Halvorsen Foundation. The Spanish Fork Airport open house was held on September 22, 2023. Our STEM Fun Bus was there with plenty of STEM activities for the kids, including making and launching rockets! This… Continue reading Wings & Wheels 2023

The Gail S. Halvorsen Elementary School in Berlin

Gail Halvorsen bei der Namensgebung der Gail S. Halvorsen Schule 2013

The Halvorsen Elementary School in Berlin, Germany is a wonderful legacy. Their website is filled with accolades for their namesake, Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen.             The Gail S. Halvorsen School is located in Berlin Zehlendorf and named after the famous Candy Bomber who dropped sweets for German children during the Berlin… Continue reading The Gail S. Halvorsen Elementary School in Berlin