WWII Airborne Demonstration Team conducts Demo Jump from a C-46

WWII ADT jumping out of the C-46 Commando, The Tinker Belle in Reading Pa.

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT) recently performed an Airborne Demonstration at the World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA. This event has not hosted military style parachutists for over ten years and ADT was honored to be invited to perform.

ADT executed three jumps from a C46 Commando cargo plane named “Tinker Belle” and received rave reviews from the organizers of the show and from the public on hand to witness the event. ADT showed their professionalism in holding tight patterns during their descents and landing very close to each other in the Drop Zone near the runway.

The jump aircraft is a frequent visitor to air shows across the country and hales from Monroe, N.C. The Tinker Belle is a fully restored C46 Commando cargo plane from World War II and is the only one flying yet today in the United States. The C46 is a renowned workhorse at the end of the war that ferried supplies and men over “The Hump”, the Himalaya Mountains, to keep troops supplied and evacuate the wounded.

This one-of-a-kind event included an air show, re-enactor encampments, a French village, a museum, 1940’s entertainment and dances and many more exhibits and activities. The event draws thousands of WWII history buffs from all over the country.

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team and The Tinker Belle aircraft have been asked to return again next year and it will once again be a pleasure for the team to return to this exciting event.

To see the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team in action for yourself, mark your calendars for the Summer 2015 Jump School to be held from July 17 until July 25, with Open Hangar Day and Fly-In to be held on July 25.

The Open Hangar Day and Fly-In concludes the teams Summer Jump school, which will be held at the at the historic Frederick Army Airfield section of the Frederick Regional Airport, southeast of Frederick, Oklahoma 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team extends a special invitation to all veterans of World War II to attend.

Throughout the day, military displays and memorabilia will be presented by the members of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. Historic military vehicles will also be on display. In addition, instructors and students from the jump school will be on-hand to show off their equipment and answer questions about the Team. Airborne Jump Demonstrations are planned for that morning.

The ride-along Airborne Experience will also be offered. Join as a Gold level Member and you will be entitled to a C-47 flight while it is dropping paratroopers.

For more information, please contact Sharon Bennett at 580-305-2289 or visit the Team’s website at: wwiiadt.org.

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