Saturday, 10 October 2020


Born this day in 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gail Seymour “Hal” Halvorsen, fighter and freight pilot for the United States Airforce during the Berlin Airlift (Berliner Luftbrรผcke—otherwise known as Operation Vittles) is best known for his goodwill missions as the Candy Bomber, pooling the rations of his flight crew and dropping them from the air, landing gently thanks to tiny improvised parachutes, as they passed over the divided city during the Soviet blockade of West Berlin. With each run, more and more children gathered at the drop-zone and word soon reached Halvorsen’s superiors that supported and expanded operation Little Vittles. Since his retirement in 1974, Halvorsen has continued his humanitarian work, fostering a spirit of charity and home to warzones around the world.  Hearty birthday wishes and congratulations on this new milestone—Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!