Sweet Gratitude: Candy Bomber rededicates Frankfurt's Berlin Airlift Memorial
U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Stretch, U.S. Air Forces Europe representative on behalf of the commander, speaking during the reopening ceremony of the Berlin Airlift Memorial outside Frankfurt International Airport, Germany, Nov. 22, 2016. The ceremony included retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, also known as the Candy Bomber, who dropped 23 tons of candy with makeshift parachutes from his C-54 Skymaster as part of the humanitarian supply mission. The Berlin Airlift, also known as Operation Vittles, delivered more than two million tons of food to the blockaded citizens of West Berlin between June 1948 and September 1949. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)