Holy Shit! The ‘Candy Bomber’ is still alive?

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U.S. Air Force veteran Gail Halvorsen aka The Candy Bomber gives two thumbs up at Tempelhof airport of Berlin, Germany, 26 June 2008. Halverson starred in the commemorative events on the Berlin Airlift 60th anniversary. The Candy Bomber became famous and beloved by Germans as he dropped chocolate and other sweets attached to little parachutes during the Berlin Airlift in 1948/49.

Not only alive, getting around and looking ready to kick some ass. That’s freaking awesome!

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  1. I heard him on the radio the other day on NPR, with an author who wrote a new book about the operation. Halvorsen was risking a fair bit pulling this stunt at first. The author accompanied him to some events in Berlin, and people remembered him. These 60-odd year old Germans who were children then remember him to this day. I think it’s fair to say that Germans aren’t the most demonstrative people, so it’s saying something that he was greeted with lots of hugs and tears and similar displays of affection.