Meet Tinkerbelle
Aviation
Meet Tinkerbelle

Tinkerbelle is a Flying Shark Who Has Been in Our Family Since WWII

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.
Today, Tinkerbelle is a national treasure, a flying museum that has traveled around the world, appearing at air shows everywhere including, most recently, Paris during summer 2016. Her next stop is the Smithsonian, where her final resting place is the National Air and Space Museum - a fitting tribute for a national hero.
Our family will miss Tinkerbelle-celebrating Christmas in her cockpit, playing baseball in the cargo space. For all her years, Tinkerbelle has outgrown us-now, she belongs to the USA.
An Eye for the Sky.
An Eye for the Sky.
A smile only a Mother could love...
A smile only a Mother could love...
“Tinkerbelle: Her bark was much worse than her bite”
As kids, one of our favorite Christmas gifts was lunch in Tinker's cockpit.
As kids, one of our favorite Christmas gifts was lunch in Tinker's cockpit.
Tinkerbelle the Plane and Tinkerbelle the Fairy had flying in common.
Tinkerbelle the Plane and Tinkerbelle the Fairy had flying in common.