‘Candy Bomber’ fully recovered from COVID

By on January 24, 2021

(Photo by Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation Facebook)

More than one month after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Gail Halvorsen, the beloved 100-year-old “Candy Bomber,” is fully recovered, according to a Jan. 24 post on the Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation Facebook page.

The post says simply: “Gail has now fully recovered! Thank you everyone for your faith and prayers. Gail is back in his assisted living facility bringing joy and hope to his neighbors.”

Halvorsen, who lives in Provo, Utah, developed COVID symptoms on the night of Dec. 10. Within days, he was said to be improving.

Halvorsen got his nickname as a U.S. pilot when he began dropping candy out of his plane to a group of hungry German children during the post-World War II Berlin Airlift. For about two decades, he has annually visited the Outer Banks to repeat that act — an event that has become an iconic feature of the Christmas season on the Outer Banks.







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  • Travis

    Glad to hear it. He made a lot of good memories for folks around here, to say nothing of his larger historical contributions.

    Sunday, Jan 24 @ 5:19 pm