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Beloved by Germans and Americans alike, Halvorsen was known for dropping candy via mini-parachutes from his C-54 Skymaster to German children during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. Halvorsen died Feb. 16, at the age of 101, after a lifetime of service and inspiring the generations that followed behind him. 

Gen. Mike Minihan, AMC commander, reflected on Halvorsen’s act of kindness and how it inspired an AMC tradition of delivering hope … always.



“It’s an honor of a lifetime representing the men and women of the United States Air Force and the Air Mobility Command celebrating the distinguished life and service of an Air Force hero – Uncle Wiggly Wings, the Chocolate Pilot, the Candy Bomber,” Minihan said. “This C-17, the Spirit of the Candy Bomber, serves as a small token of our larger inheritance from Colonel Halvorsen and will transport Halvorsen’s example around the world, the standard bearer for…

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