Col. Gail Halvorsen, who became known as the “Candy Bomber” during the Berlin Airlift, is now the owner of a Remos G-3.
During the Soviet blockade of Berlin in 1948-1949, Halvorsen dropped candy attached to small parachutes to the children of Berlin. These days the 87-year-old visits schools and gives talks about the Berlin Airlift. When he took delivery of the Remos, he noted that the gull-wing doors make it perfect to do a demonstration of candy bombing.
Halvorsen was introduced to the Remos during AirVenture 2007 when he saw one on display in the Light Sport Aircraft mall. A discussion with a salesman from Orion Sport Aircraft, the Remos dealer in Oshkosh, did the rest. Halvorsen took delivery of the LSA earlier this month.
Despite his thousands of hours of stick time, Halvorsen went through the aircraft checkout program.
David Champaign, a pilot instructor at Orion Sport Aircraft, was charged with administering Halvorsen’s check flight.
“I was definitely aware of who I was flying with,” he said. “He flew well and was fun to fly with.”
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