Gail S. Halvorsen

Celebration of Life

May 20th & 21st, 2022

Thanks for your participation!

“Children hold the future of the whole world in their hand; our children and everyone’s children.”
– Col. Halvorsen

In 1948 when the children of Berlin were starving, we rallied to send them much needed food, fuel, blankets and holpe.

Col. Gail S. Halvorsen was not content to stop there. He also brought smiles. Seeing the children of Berlin needed something to remind them that childhood is a time of magic and laughter, Col. Halvorsen pooled his candy rations and those of his fellow pilots. He tied them to handkerchief parachutes to drop for the children along his flight path. He wiggled his wings to let the kids know it was him coming in, flying into history and into the hearts of the children of Berlin and of the world.

Celebrate his life with us in an event for kids of all ages.

Event Agenda


New Provo Airport Terminal
– 10:00 am – 3:00pm
– Open House
– Tour Spirit of Freedom C-54 & Spirit of the Candy Bomber C-17 (Register for tour times)
– Static Aircraft Display


New Provo Airport Terminal
– 5:00 – 6:00 pm
– C17 Naming Ceremony
– USAF band and unveiling of the newly painted C-17 aircraft: “Spirit of The Candy Bomber”

Hotel & Area Information

Hyatt Place Provo

180 W, 100 N,
Provo, UT 84602

Provo Marriott Hotel

101 W, 100 N,
Provo, UT 84601

Situated in the heart of the city, the Hyatt Place Provo & the Provo Marriott Hotel are conveniently located near several notable Utah attractions and the Provo Airport. While you’re here for the conference, experience our great outdoors, eat some delicious food, and squeeze in a little bit of vacation. Click below to find more information regarding hotels, transportation, things to do, and restaurants.

Additional hotel information & reservation links available at registration.

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