Air Force 'Candy Bomber' Glides Into Milestone Birthday
Gail S. Halvorsen may have changed the course of history with just two pieces of gum.
Now the retired Air Force Colonel has made a bit of his own history as he turned 100 years old this month. Born in Salt Lake City, Halvorsen spent most of his childhood in rural Idaho and in Garland, Utah. He joined the Air Force in 1942, and after World War II, he was assigned to the area to help fly missions in what is now known as the Berlin Airlift. He dropped candy to children in war-torn Germany from his plane, an act of service that earned him lifelong affection.