The Candy Bomber
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Forty-two years ago, during the Soviet blockade of West Berlin, Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen helped boost the spirits of children there by dropping candy that had been tied to tiny parachutes by the school children of Chicopee.
During this weekend's 50th anniversary air show at Westover, Halvorsen will once again take to the air to drop candy to the children below.
Halvorsen's efforts for the children of West Berlin was an outgrowth of "Operation Vittles," the airlift of nearly 8 million tons of food and supplies that helped the city survive the 327-day blockade.