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-- Col. Gail Halvorsen to co-pilot Berlin Airlift Re-enactment --
(Elizabeth City, NC, Dec. 5, 2008) – From the cockpit of a C-54, U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen made international news in 1948 when he dropped chocolate bars and bubble gum to West German children, deprived of food – and treats – through a Soviet-controlled blockade.
Known as “Uncle Wiggly Wings” and “The Chocolate Flier,” Halvorsen will again be the apple of children’s eyes when he drops sweets to Elizabeth City youth during a re-enactment of the famous 1948-49 Berlin Airlift, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Regional Airport. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the airlift. [read more]