Friday, September 12, 2014

Winston-Salem Airshow Sept 13-14th

Join us Sept 13-14th for the Winston-Salem Airshow.  The entire fleet of Warriors and Warbirds will be in attendance both the C-46 Tinker Belle and our Fockewulf FW-149 will be there!

Come on out and take a tour of Tinker Belle and learn about the FW-149.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A4 Skyhawk Update

Thanks to our friends at A4Skyhawk.org and the National Marine Museum in Quantico I can now share the verified service history of our A4 Skyhawk.

She was accepted by the Navy at the Douglas plant at El Segundo, California on 5/16/1961. Her aircraft designation at the time was A4D-2N, Bureau Number 148509.   She was assigned to Marine Corps squadron VMA-242 Squadron on 08/17/1961, based at MCAS Cherry Point, her first North Carolina connection.
From July through November 1962, she underwent overhaul and rework at Cherry Point, NAS Norfolk, VA, and NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. 

In November of 1962, all Navy and Marine Corps aircraft designations were changed to conform with the Air Force designation system. BUNO 148509 was redesignated as an A4C.
After Rework was completed, she was assigned to VA-44 at Cecil Field, near Jacksonville, FL. VA-44 was a Fleet Replacement Squadron, where Naval Aviators, either fresh from the Training Command, or coming off shore duty, learned to fly a particular airplane type. 148509 served as a trainer in that role until October, 1967 when she was transferred to VA-83, still based at Cecil Field, but deploying to the Mediterranean Sea, first in USS Shangri La (CVA-38), then in USS John F Kennedy (CVA-67). 

In February, 1970, she traveled across the country to rejoin the Marine Corps at Marine Reserve Training Detachments at NAS Alamitos and MCAS El Toro near Los Angeles.
In June of 1971, she was flown to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ, where she was stricken from the Records on May 15th 1973 with almost 12 years to the day of Naval Service.
That was not to be the end of her flying life, though. She was purchased out of Davis-Monthan, repainted in her old VA-83 colors (which she still wears today) and registered and flown as N204AT. In 1982, she was sold to ATW Aircraft Company at Marana, Arizona, where she was going to be dismantled for scrap. Fortunately, she was rescued and now eagerly awaits restoration for display by Warriors and Warbirds.

Monday, September 8, 2014

80's Tink


Since the A4 showed off her vintage style Tinker Belle decided to share some of hers.  Here she is in 1988 Taxing out for a flight at the 1988 Oklahoma City Airshow.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tink at Triple Tree

Tink and crew have returned back safe and sound to Monroe NC from their trip to Triple Tree.  Tinker Belle was a huge hit at the fly-in and many people got the chance to take a tour.

And on Saturday she was able to give everyone a rare treat to see a C-46 in action.

Check our our Facebook Group for videos of her and others in action.

https://www.facebook.com/wwairshow


#TBT of our A4



Here is an early #tbt (throw back Thursday) for our Skyhawk A4 in her younger days.

Here she is in 1974.

Photo Credit: A4Skyhawk.org


Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Tinker Belle at Triple Tree (SC00)

If you are visiting the Triple Tree Aerodrome this weekend (Sept 5th) please stop by and see Tinker Belle and all the volunteers at Warriors and Warbirds.  Tinker Belle is scheduled to arrive around 1pm on Friday Sept 5th (weather permitting) and we will be there until Sunday.

This will be the first year for Tinker Belle at Triple Tree so come on out and take a tour and touch history!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A4 Skyhawk Restoration is underway

I wanted to share some exciting news on the A4 Restoration project.  The project has now begun in earnest, Spiroflow has been gracious enough to allow us use of one of their warehouses to store and assemble the plane for static display. 

I am happy to report that it appears that all of the major structural parts are still in good shape and accounted for. 


A special thank you to our volunteer Danny for cleaning, inspecting and polishing all of the connecting bolts.  We are now confident that we can have the plane re-assembled and on display before the November airshow. 

While we do have all the major structural pieces we are missing a few of the minor bits.  If anyone has access or or knows where we can find a new set of tires, gear locking pins, a seat, control stick or any pieces of the cockpit (inop is fine) please use the form on the right hand side of the page to drop us a note.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the A4 please fill out the form to the right and we will add you to the list.  We are particularly looking for individuals who may have worked on these great birds in the past.