The Matthews Alive! Board of Directors and the City of Monroe announced today that the 1945
C-46 Commando affectionately known as The Tinker Belle will kick-off the 2014 Labor Day
Parade in Matthews, North Carolina on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
The Tinker Belle was built in Buffalo, New York in September of 1945. There were 3,180 C-46
Commandos manufactured between 1940 and 1945. The C-46 Commando could fly higher, fly
further, fly faster, and with more cargo than any other aircraft of its time.
During WWII, the C-46 was operated in every theater of the war, but it was in Asia that the
aircraft served in the greatest numbers and to the best effect. More than any other aircraft, the C-
46 was used to establish and maintain the aerial lifeline between India and China over the
Himalayan Mountains, known as flying – “The Hump.” The mountain peaks reached over
26,000 feet high, well-above the cruising altitudes of most transports except for the C-46.
Today, with less than nine Commandos still flying in the world, The Tinker Belle is the only
military painted C-46 currently flying in the United States.
This beautiful aircraft is owned by the City of Monroe, operated and maintained by Warriors &
Warbirds, Inc., and based at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport. The Tinker Belle is flown
by Warriors & Warbirds volunteers throughout the United States to air shows as a tribute to the
thousands of women and men who labored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to
produce an aircraft that would help in turning the tides of WWII. The C-46 Commando, still flying after seventy years, stands as a true testament to America’s “greatest generation.”
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
What an amazing event we had this past weekend. Thank yous to everyone that came out to help and visit.
Over 45 people took Barbara's Right Seat Pitch Hitter course which exceeded all of our expectations.
We had over 70 people for the Breakfast and the FAAST Classes which is a great turn out.
The Young Eagles program was able to give first time flights to over 50 kids.
We also had some nice Warbirds make a surprise visit, the 1945 Stinson from Moore county was nice enough to make the trip over to visit. The pilot drove 2.5 hours from his home in Lake Wylie to pick up the plane and fly it into Monroe. We also had a visit from the mini mustang which is always a crowd favorite.
All in all it was a great turn out!
Friday, August 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
"Tinker Belle" and the crew from Warriors and Warbirds will be traveling to the Reading PA WWII Airshow this weekend! 6/6 - 6/8
If you are in the PA area, come on out and take a tour of this special aircraft and meet the crew!
Details about the show can be found at their official website..