Charlotte/Monroe airport to host historic plane
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Charlotte/Monroe airport to host historic plane

Warriors & Warbirds and Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 309 will host the 1929 EAA Ford Tri-Motor at the Charlotte/Monroe Executive Airport, Monroe, Oct. 17-21.

Organizers say the Ford Tri-Motor was the airplane that gave rise to scheduled passenger flights. Only 199 were originally built. Now, only 1-3 airplanes remain airworthy.

Tri-Motor advanced tickets can be purchased online at Tickets for rides will also be available at the airport. For more information visit

On Oct. 19, the groups will host a Fly-in, Drive-in, Bike-in Pancake Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Bob Russell/Warriors & Warbirds hanger at the airport. Cost is $5 per plate.

Pilot safety seminars will be offered, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EAA 309 will sell hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks, 12:30-2 p.m.

The City of Monroe’s 1944 C-46 Commando “The Tinker Belle” will be on display and available for tour. Several World War II C-46 pilots have been invited as special guests for the Saturday morning events.

For more information contact Lee Myers, 704-534-1423 or email 172PILOTMYERS@GMAIL.COM, Bob Russell 704-491-6127 or email or Bob Yanacsek 704-261-4222 or email

-- Melinda Johnston

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