During the Berlin Blockade in 1948 a pilot who was doing supply drops for the civilians became known as 'Uncle Wiggly Wings' after he started dropping candy and chocolate from his plane and wiggling his wings so people knew it was him.
SCERA Park, Orem, Utah. July 3rd, 2015 - Colonial Flag Co. of Sandy is proud to sponsor a very unique opportunity to witness a historic fly over and candy drop by 92 year old Captain Wiggle Wings himself - Ret. Colonel Gail Halvorsen. Halvorsen changed the faces of children from sad to happy as he dropped his candy and gum to very needy children during the Berlin Airlift in post World War II Germany. Using his rations pay, Halvorsen dropped candy for the children hoping to lift their…
Gail Halvorsen, The Candy Bomber, dropped candy bars in handkerchief parachutes to children in war torn Berlin. They knew it was him because he wiggled his wings, and they gave him the nickname “Onkel Wackelflügel” --"Uncle Wiggly Wings"
Retired Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen signs autographs Nov. 9 at the South Texas Regional Airport, Hondo, Texas. Halvorsen participated in a re-enactment of Operation Little Vittles that took place during the Berlin Airlift, following WWII. Halvorsen and his crew dropped about 2,000 candy bars from a vintage C-47 Skytrain during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)
During The Berlin Airlift, Colonel Gail Halvorsen Provided Starving Children With Candy
This lighthearted, heartwarming true story tells of American Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen who flew supplies over Germany during the famous Berlin Airlift of Great, humorous story to read in a history or English class!