Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Airshow Volunteers

Dear Friends,
We are still in need of volunteers for this years Airshow.  

These are the areas that will still need assistance in.

Russell Hangar Cleanout

Russell Hangar Setup

Aircraft Arrival and Field Rope Setup
Beer Tent Setup

Hangar Hopitality
Tinker Belle
Pyro Field
Helicopter Rides
Entry Gates / Handouts
Beer Tent

Hangar Hopitality
Tinker Belle
Pyro Field
Helicopter Rides
Entry Gates / Handouts
Beer Tent

if you are interested in volunteering for the Airshow please visit our website http://www.warriorsandwarbirds.com

Please use the form on the right and in the comment section please note what area you would like to assist with and what times you are available.  Also include your phone number, especially if you are not going to be able to attend our meeting on Oct 30th.

Also please note that we have a very limited number of parking passes and entry bands to the show, so while we want everyone who wishes to volunteer a chance to help out, we ask that volunteers be prepared to dedicate at least 5 to 8 hours of time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A-4 Team this Saturday!

We will be meeting again this week to work on the A-4 8AM Saturday at Spiroflow in Monroe NC.

This is going to be an exciting week as the team is going to begin paint and possibly assemble the fuselage.

If anyone is interested in helping please come on out on Saturday, we can use anyone that is willing to volunteer.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Charleston WV Airshow October 25-26th

The entire Warriors and Warbirds Fleet is scheduled to attend the Charleston WV Airshow on October 25 and 26th.
So come on out on and tour both planes and meet the crews!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yearly Membership Meeting

Warriors and Warbirds held it's annual membership and airshow planning meeting on Tuesday Sept 23rd. 

While the members in attendance enjoyed pizza and wings we covered all of the different areas that Warriors and Warbirds would be handling for this years Monroe Airshow. 

In addition several organizational items were discussed including the possibility of acquiring a C-123 Provider for the organization.

Also discussed was the proposed hangar expansion.  As the organization has grown in both size and visibility largely due in part to the excellent care and display of Tinker Belle we have begun to acquire more
and more items of donation. 

Unfortunately, there is simply not enough space to display these items with the care and respect they deserve.  We would ask everyone to please call attention to the proposed hangar expansion with the end goal of having a completely new and larger hangar on field here at Monroe. 

It is our goal to be able to provide a lasting place for generations to come and see all of these wonderful items, and to learn about their history and the history of the people who served.

A-4 Progress Update

The A-4 Team made great progress this weekend, the plane is now almost all clean and ready for paint. 

We hope to get the underside of the wing section painted this week.

However we still need volunteers to make the airshow deadline.  If you would like to join our team of volunteers, we are meeting again this Saturday Oct 4th at 8am in the Spiroflow parking lot / warehouse area.

Once the underside of the wings are painted we will then begin the process of assembling the plane for display.

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.