The "Spirit of the Candy Bomber," a C-17 Globemaster based at Joint Base Charleston, was named in honor of Col. Gail Halvorsen, who dropped candy hanging from parachutes made from napkins from his C-54 Skymaster to German children during the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49. Halvorsen was called Uncle Wiggly Wings by the children of the city devastated by WWII and blockaded by the Soviets because he would wiggle the plane's wings on approach to Templehof Airfield to signal candy was about to be dropped. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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