|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
The Beechcraft C-45 Bucket of Bolts is operated by the Commemorative Air Force and sports British Lend-Lease service colors. It is but one of many variants of the Model 18 that served military missions in World War II and in post-war secondary roles. The C-45 was the utility and staff transport type, while other sub-types served as navigator and bomb/gunnery trainers and also aerial mapping and photography. The second C-45 on takeoff roll is painted to represent service at MCAS El Toro, CA.
Curtiss C-46 The Tinker Belle. The C-46 was originally designed as a commercial airliner that was larger than it's competitor, the Douglas DC-3/C-47, but its commercial success was sidelined by the advent of World War II. Nick-named the Commando, the C-46 served valiantly during the war and later found its niche in the cargo carrier market in outland areas like Alaska. Currently, The Tinker Belle is owned and operated by the City of Monroe, NC and can be seen at many airshows and aviation events around the country.
The Air Heritage Museum's Fairchild C-123K Provider transport features the added GE J85 jets. The C-123 served as a tactical transport among other roles, and this particular aircraft served with the U.S. Air Force from its manufacture in 1956 until dropped from inventory in 1985. It was acquired by Air Heritage in 1994, and has been restored for display at aviation events in salute to Vietnam veterans.