Most people associate Sharks with the ocean, and Tinkerbell with Peter Pan, but for our family, Tinkerbelle is a war hero who saved lives in the heart of Europe during the peak of World War II.
As a military cargo plane, Tinkerbelle was at once a fierce competitor and welcoming presence on U.S. airfields throughout Europe from 1940-1945. Carrying everything from bed linens and food to ammo and soldiers, Tinkerbelle could handle it all, and she was piloted chiefly by my Grandfather, Jack Jackson.
Grandpa's stories about the War are timeless in the emotion they convey - I'm sure Julius Caesar's battlefields felt similar in 30 BC. The agony, the strength and fear, it's all there.
What Julius Caesar didn't have that the Allied forces did have was Tinkerbelle, the cargo plane that wouldn't quit, despite the obstacles that attempted to bring her down at each turn.