the Berlin Candy Bomber

December 3, 2009

I wish I knew why I find all things Cold War Americana so fascinating. At any rate, it’s a science and tech history extravaganza.

Operation Little Vittles” airdropped candy to children in West Berlin during the Berlin airlifts. The deliveries were the brainchild of Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen, who scattered candy tied to scraps of cloth and handkerchiefs. Nicknamed “Uncle Wiggly Wings2, the “Chocolate Flyer” and the “Berlin Candy Bomber” Halvorsen soon began receiving thousands of pounds of candy and handkerchiefs collected by American school children. By 1959, he’d sent out 250,000 parachuting sweets.

Also, fantastic NPR story goes back to Town Meeting of the Air archives on ‘single national health service.’

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