Lasting Place for Airlift Memories

The Berlin Airlift Exhibit, after traveling to 29 different cities, now has a permanent home at Travis Air Museum on the grounds of Travis AFB. Calif. Col. Gail Halvorsen, fondly known as the “Candy Bomber” for dropping packets of candy to the children of West Berlin during the 1948-49 operation, cut the ribbon Dec. 10 on the now-lasting exhibit at Travis. “This museum and exhibit remind us of the cost of freedom for us and our friends,” he said. During its traveling days, the exhibit actually stopped over at Travis back in October 2008. (Travis report by SMSgt. Ellen L. Hatfield) (For more on the Berlin Airlift, still the largest humanitarian air relief operation in history, read The Berlin Airlift from the 1998 archives of Air Force Magazine.)