Bid on the ‘Candy Bomber’s’ legacy

By on February 23, 2021

Interested in a piece of historic memorabilia courtesy of Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin Airlift “Candy Bomber” whose annual visit to the Outer Banks each Christmas season has become an iconic event? The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation has started an online auction to raise funds to “keep the legacy of the Berlin Candy Bomber alive and bring educational experiences to students.”

The indomitable Halvorsen, who turned 100 last Oct. 10, recently recovered from a bout with COVID-19.

According to the auction instructions on the Foundation’s Facebook page Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation | Facebook, “each item will have a brief description and photos. Bids must be in whole US dollar amounts. Bids will be placed in the comments section the same as any comment would be made on a Facebook post. Bidding for each item will run for 48 hours (unless otherwise specified) and conclude at the designated time. Payments will be made through PayPal. Winning bids in the US will have a $9.99 S&H fee added. Any international mailings will have the corresponding fees added. Winning bidder is required to pay in full via PayPal before item is shipped.”

On Feb. 22, the third auction item went up for bid on the site. It is “a 12 x 12 shadow box [that] includes a 5 x 7 signed photography of Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, a First Day of Issue 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift Postal Service commemorative stamp, a Berlin Airlift patch and the Medal for Humane Action given in recognition of those military service members who performed extended duty in support of the Berlin Airlift.”

So far, the top bid, as of early afternoon on Feb. 23, appears to be $210. Check it out.




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