Two-day event to celebrate the life and legacy of the “Candy Bomber”

WHO: The Gail S. Halvorsen Foundation

WHAT: A free, jam-packed event celebrating the life and service of the “Candy Bomber,” his indomitable spirit and his smile that lit the way during the Berlin Airlift. There will be flyovers, displays, activities, musical performances, food trucks, a sneak peak at the future Halvorsen Heritage Center and a Spirit of Freedom candy drop.

Colonel Halvorsen made his last flight February 16, 2022 at the age of 101. This compassionate, humble patriot dedicated his life to humanity and making our world a better place. During the 1948 Berlin Airlift he showed the world how a simple act of kindness could change the course of history. His message of hope lives on and is even more important today than ever before. Help us tell the story of how to continue Col Halvorsen’s legacy of service into the future.

Find more details about Col. Halvorsen’s story and register for the event here.

WHEN & WHERE: Friday, May 20 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

New Provo Airport Terminal

1331 S. Sky Way

Provo, UT 84601

Saturday, May 21 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spanish Fork Airport 

2050 N 300 W

Spanish Fork, UT 84660


HIGHLIGHTS: Friday, May 20 – 5:00 p.m. – New Provo Airport Terminal

  • Unveiling and walk through of C-17Globemaster III named in honor of Col Gail Halvorsen. This C-17, which is set to be named “The Spirit of the Candy Bomber,” has played a significant role in evacuating civilians from Afghanistan, and moving supplies and humanitarian aid to Europe in support of Ukraine.
  • Directions: Enter through the main entrance on the west side of the terminal. Continue straight through the center corridor to Gate 2 on the east side. An escort will direct the media to the C-17 and C-54.

Saturday, May 21 – 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Spanish Fork Airport 

  • Performance by the Air Force’s Band of the Golden West
  • Side-by-side flyover of the Spirit of the Candy Bomber and the Spirit of Freedom, the world’s only airworthy C-54 
  • C-54 will airdrop parachutes delivering candy to children