Gail Halvorsen

United States Air Force pilot

Colonel Gail Seymour "Hal" Halvorsen (born October 10, 1920) is a retired career officer and command pilot in the United States Air Force. He is well known as the original Candy Bomber or the "Rosinenbomber" in Germany and a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.[1] He piloted C-47s and C-54s during the Berlin airlift ("Operation Vittles") from 1948–1949.[2]

Halvorsen in Berlin, 1983

Halvorsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.


  1. Standard-Examiner, Contributed to the. "Candy Bomber to receive Congressional Gold Medal". Standard-Examiner.

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