Collings Foundation

Collings Foundation The Collings Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, Educational Foundation supporting the Wings of Freedom Tour & Vietnam Memorial Flight - http://www.cfdn.org
The Collings Foundation is a 501(c)3, non-profit, Educational Foundation founded in 1979. The Collings Foundation currently operates the Wings of Freedom Tour of World War II Aircraft and the Vietnam Memorial Flight of Vietnam-era aircraft. Originally dedicated to transportation-related history events, during the mid-eighties, these activities were broadened to include aviation-related events such as air shows, barnstorming, historical reunions, and joint museum displays on a nationwide level.
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From our dear friends at the Westminster, MD stop:The 2019 tour stop at Westminster,Md. would have been our 16th year ho...
10/23/2019

From our dear friends at the Westminster, MD stop:

The 2019 tour stop at Westminster,Md. would have been our 16th year hosting the Collings tour. Over the years we have had the pleasure of making new friends, Mac being the constant.

The Westminster stop coordinators Henry and Dennis, our associates Steve and Allen along with those who have joined us over the years want to express our condolences to the Collings Foundation and all those touched by the tragic flight on 909.

We hope our contribution in show of support helps to insure the Foundation's continued mission into the future. The Westminster stop will remain on stand-by in hopes of welcoming back our C.F. friends.

God Bless

Collings Foundation's cover photo
10/16/2019

Collings Foundation's cover photo

Please take a moment to read this important message from the Collings Foundation. Thank you.
10/09/2019
An Important Message from the Collings Foundation

Please take a moment to read this important message from the Collings Foundation. Thank you.

Dear supporters, Please join the Collings Foundation in our thoughts and prayers with those who were on the tragic flight of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” on Wednesday, October 2nd. We will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley International Airpor...

The Battle for the Airfield WWII Re-Enactment is still on as scheduled at the American Heritage Museum on Saturday, Octo...
10/04/2019
Battle for the Airfield - WWII re-enactment - The American Heritage Museum

The Battle for the Airfield WWII Re-Enactment is still on as scheduled at the American Heritage Museum on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th and we have extended the advance purchase discount until Tuesday, October 8th. Purchase tickets online at: https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/battle-for-the-airfield-wwii-re-enactment/

The Collings Foundation is hosting a WWII re-enactment, WWII Veterans round-table discussion, historic artifact demonstrations, and all three Museums will be open: The Classic Car Barn, The Hangar and The American Heritage Museum. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and...

10/04/2019

In the wake of a tragic accident involving our B-17, the Collings Foundation is currently suspending its flight operations and the Wings of Freedom Tour for the remainder of the 2019 season. We are in the process of issuing refunds for those who had reserved flights through December.

10/02/2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were on that flight and we be will forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley.

The Collings Foundation flight team is fully cooperating with officials to determine the cause of the crash of the B-17 Flying Fortress and will comment further when details become known.

On 7/19/2019, Karen Smith, accompanied by her husband, Curt, son and daughter in law, Rick and Lynn came to the Waterbur...
10/02/2019

On 7/19/2019, Karen Smith, accompanied by her husband, Curt, son and daughter in law, Rick and Lynn came to the Waterbury/Oxford, Wings of Freedom Tour to see the B24 Liberator. Karen’s mother, Olive Korzuck from from Ann Arbor, Michigan, worked a riveter at the worlds largest one-story production plant, “Willow Run.” Willow Run produced 8,685 B24’s built by the Ford Motor Company from 1942 to the end of the war. Pictured below, is Karen family and the original lapel pin issued to her mother Olive, at the factory.

Reportedly, Olive was merely accompanying a friend to the plant who was applying for a job. Olive was also hired on the spot, working 3-4 years, until the war ended. Please join members of the tour and the Collings Foundation in recognizing and thanking Olive for her contribution to the war effort.

One of our own, KT Budde-Jones met and spoke with WWII Veteran David Fowler at the Wings of Freedom Tour at Groton, New ...
09/30/2019

One of our own, KT Budde-Jones met and spoke with WWII Veteran David Fowler at the Wings of Freedom Tour at Groton, New London. David relayed that he was 20 years old after the attack on Pearl Harbor. David came to see the Wings of Freedom P51 Mustang. David had signed up to be a P51 pilot, training at Barton Florida in 1944. David recalled escorting the B17 Flying Fortress and B24 Liberators during D-Day. David said he flew in-land during the raid, firing upon anything that moved on the ground below him. David recalled that he survived being shot down three times during his service. David earned enough points to rotate back to the states, just prior to Japan surrendering. David discharged in the 1945 at Fort Devan Massachusetts. The Wings of Freedom Tour thanks David for his service and noting that it was truly an honor having you share this with us.

Beautiful day at Auburn/Lewiston airport in Maine. Tour is there till Friday then to Nashua, NH for the weekend.
09/25/2019

Beautiful day at Auburn/Lewiston airport in Maine. Tour is there till Friday then to Nashua, NH for the weekend.

Coming up this weekend in Nashua, NH - your last opportunity to fly the Douglas A-1E Skyraider for the 2019 season! One ...
09/25/2019
Nashua, NH - Boire Field (ASH) - The Collings Foundation

Coming up this weekend in Nashua, NH - your last opportunity to fly the Douglas A-1E Skyraider for the 2019 season! One of the most heralded aircraft of the Vietnam War will be available for flights this weekend! Donation for the front seat is $900 per person and each of the four seats in the rear is $450 per person. It is a rare opportunity to fly aboard one of the most powerful single engine piston aircraft ever made! See the Nashua schedule for the Skyraider and all others at https://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/nashua-nh/

Flight coordinator Demi just took this awesome shot of Toulouse Nuts during a passing shower up in Laconia, NH. Tour is ...
09/24/2019

Flight coordinator Demi just took this awesome shot of Toulouse Nuts during a passing shower up in Laconia, NH. Tour is there until mid day tomorrow, then off to Auburn/Lewiston, ME to Friday, then to Nashua, NH for the weekend.

Future Captain Andrew continued his Wings of Freedom Tour today, providing our own pilot, Taigh Ramey with his approval ...
09/20/2019

Future Captain Andrew continued his Wings of Freedom Tour today, providing our own pilot, Taigh Ramey with his approval of the B25 Mitchel

Future Captain Andrew came to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Worcester Massachusetts to perform his pre-flight inspection ...
09/20/2019

Future Captain Andrew came to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Worcester Massachusetts to perform his pre-flight inspection of the B24 Liberator. After careful consideration and dialog about his plane at home, that has a stand, but he won’t utilize it, Captain Andrew gave his approval. Thank you for coming to see us today!

Hi there Everyone - A heads up we will have some additional Collings aircraft out on display and operating during our st...
09/19/2019

Hi there Everyone - A heads up we will have some additional Collings aircraft out on display and operating during our stop at Worcester Airport this Friday to Sunday. Dare I say, that this might be the greatest WWII warbird displays this side of the Mississippi. Ramp space is limited, so not 100% sure we can pull out all the planes - but figure on seeing the P-38 Lighting, F6F Hellcat, A-36, Spitfire, Pearl Harbor P-40 - and a couple other surprises. *We will also have the A-1E Skyraider out and will be offering flight experiences. Additional aircraft out mid day both Saturday and Sunday. The one thing we are really looking forward to is meeting all the local WWII veterans. There will be a great group of WWII vets planning on visiting through the weekend and talking with people as they tour through the aircraft. - That is what this is all about! Tour times and details see. www.cfdn.org

Today, September 18th, 2019, the American Heritage Museum honors our dear friend Clarence Smoyer, WWII Veteran and Tank ...
09/18/2019

Today, September 18th, 2019, the American Heritage Museum honors our dear friend Clarence Smoyer, WWII Veteran and Tank Ace, as he is awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions in March 1945 in Cologne, Germany. The surprise ceremony came as Smoyer visited the World War II Memorial as part of a number of visits planned around the new book "Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II” by Adam Makos

Smoyer was hailed as “the hero of Cologne.” His tank commander told him that he and the rest of his crew would receive Bronze Star medals for their heroism in combat.

However, a few days after the battle, U.S. military police saw Smoyer standing near German kids who wanted chewing gum, Makos said. The MPs cited him for breaking an Army rule that forbade U.S. soldiers from talking with Germans.

“They pulled up, and they busted him. They said, ‘We caught you talking to these German kids, fraternizing,’ and he lost the medal over a stick of gum.”

His award of the Bronze Star today, after 74 years, was witnessed by hundreds of visitors and friends, including American Heritage Museum Executive Director Rob Collings who took these photos. Smoyer was wearing the tanker jacket given to him by AHM volunteers from the US Army Brotherhood of Tankers.

Congratulations sir! We thank you!

Read more at: https://www.witf.org/2019/09/18/96-year-old-army-veteran-from-allentown-awarded-bronze-star-in-surprise-ceremony-at-wwii-memorial/

Today, September 18th, 2019, the American Heritage Museum honors our dear friend Clarence Smoyer, WWII Veteran and Tank Ace, as he is awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions in March 1945 in Cologne, Germany. The surprise ceremony came as Smoyer visited the World War II Memorial as part of a number of visits planned around the new book "Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II” by Adam Makos

Smoyer was hailed as “the hero of Cologne.” His tank commander told him that he and the rest of his crew would receive Bronze Star medals for their heroism in combat.

However, a few days after the battle, U.S. military police saw Smoyer standing near German kids who wanted chewing gum, Makos said. The MPs cited him for breaking an Army rule that forbade U.S. soldiers from talking with Germans.

“They pulled up, and they busted him. They said, ‘We caught you talking to these German kids, fraternizing,’ and he lost the medal over a stick of gum.”

His award of the Bronze Star today, after 74 years, was witnessed by hundreds of visitors and friends, including American Heritage Museum Executive Director Rob Collings who took these photos. Smoyer was wearing the tanker jacket given to him by AHM volunteers from the US Army Brotherhood of Tankers.

Congratulations sir! We thank you!

Read more at: https://www.witf.org/2019/09/18/96-year-old-army-veteran-from-allentown-awarded-bronze-star-in-surprise-ceremony-at-wwii-memorial/

This is Hellen Kaplan at 102 years young. Hellen was escorted today by her daughter Judy Stohn-White, and granddaughter ...
09/14/2019

This is Hellen Kaplan at 102 years young. Hellen was escorted today by her daughter Judy Stohn-White, and granddaughter Emily White to the Wings of Freedom Tour, at Beverly Massachusetts. Hellen’s Husband was Sergeant Isidore Stohn, who served as was mechanic on the B17 Flying Fortress, from 1941-1945. Sergeant Stohn enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ms. Helen brought with her a news article reporting that he husband was part of a crew that swapped out an engine on a B17 in the record time of 4hrs 56min. The average time for swapping an engine was between 8-9 hours. Ms. Hellen’s contribution to the war effort was working for the McKlosky Company that built self propelled ferroconcrete ships, used during the Landing at Normandy. Pictured bellow is Ms. Helen holding an inert 50 caliber bullet. Ms. Helen said she remembered coming into work and finding a 50 caliber shell on her desk, that had been fashioned into a letter opener.

Say hi to 95 year young, WWII Veteran, Sergeant, Frank Clocher, of the 85 Airdrome Squadron.  Between 1942-1946, Frank s...
09/14/2019

Say hi to 95 year young, WWII Veteran, Sergeant, Frank Clocher, of the 85 Airdrome Squadron. Between 1942-1946, Frank served as a B24 Liberator and B17 Flying Fortress mechanic, mostly in the South Pacific and the Philippines. Frank spent a lot of time doing engine swaps. Frank stated; “they would throw the damaged engines in a ditch an cover them with bulldozers.” When asked what the general consensus of the B24, Frank stated; “the B24 was the greatest plane ever made.” Frank relayed a particularly disturbing moment was while waiting in line for a haircut, the mail guy asked if he could cut in line. Frank replied sure, he was in no hurry! While that guy was sitting in the chair a bullet struck him in the head, killing him instantly! Frank said; they never found the source of that shot. While returning from overseas Frank claims the best thing he ever saw, was the Statue of Liberty all lit up at night, from the air. A special thank to Dick Jirard who escorted Frank to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Beverly, Massachusetts. Dick plays in a band where Frank can still be seen dancing with his wife.

KT Budde-Jones  spotted 2nd Lieutenant (Lt) Robert “Bob” Garabedian, along with his adorable “First Wife,”😂 o...
09/13/2019

KT Budde-Jones spotted 2nd Lieutenant (Lt) Robert “Bob” Garabedian, along with his adorable “First Wife,”😂 of 68 years, Ms Marilyn, who came to the 2019 “Wings of Freedom Tour” at the Groton- New London stop, with two of their 12 children, #1 Steven and #9 Thomas, in order experience a P40, similar to the one Lt. Garabedian flew in the Army Air Corps.
Lt. Garabedian is currently 95 years of age, enlisting at 18 years of age in March, 1943. During enlistment training, Lt. Garabedian tested results qualified him to be a pilot, bombardier, and navigator! Lt. Garabedian chose be a pilot, citing his inspiration was the flyers in the Battle of Britain. Jokingly, Lt. Garabedian indicated that the highest scores were chosen for navigator, the lowest score were for pilots. Lt. Garabedian recalls he lost 14 friends during training; four, in the AT6, one, in the P40, and the remaining in the P47. Lt. Garabedian was part of a group that was chosen to train for a top secret invasion of Japan, however; the war ended and Lt. Garabedian discharged in September 1945! During the conclusion of my time talking with Lt. Garabedian, he simply grinned and stated; due to an intelligence leak, Japan got word he was coming and surrendered. We laughed and Ms Marilyn stated “yeah, none of us bought it either.”

Bob and Marilyn met at a church dance October 28, 1949. Bob said she was a looker as Marilyn told him to hush. They were married and have; 12 children, 25 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. The Members of the Wings of Freedom Tour were privileged and honored to have experienced your visit and wish both of you well. Thank you for your service sir.

The Wings of Freedom Tour is inspiring future aviatrix who came out to see us on the last day at the Oxford-Waterbury ai...
09/08/2019

The Wings of Freedom Tour is inspiring future aviatrix who came out to see us on the last day at the Oxford-Waterbury airport.

Tickets for The Battle for the Airfield World War II Re-Enactment on October 12-13 are now available! Advance sale disco...
09/04/2019
Battle For The Airfield - WWII Re-enactment - The Collings Foundation

Tickets for The Battle for the Airfield World War II Re-Enactment on October 12-13 are now available! Advance sale discounted tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for children through October 4th and $35 for adults and $20 for children after October 4th and at the gate. Located at 568 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749 - More information and online tickets available at https://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/2019-battle-for-the-airfield/

The Collings Foundation is hosting a WWII re-enactment, WWII Veterans round-table discussion, historic artifact demonstrations, and all three Museums will be open: The Classic Car Barn, The Hangar and The American Heritage Museum. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and...

Say hello to Ms. Demi B!  Demi is the newest edition to the Wings of Freedom Tour, as of April/May 2019. Demi accepted t...
09/02/2019

Say hello to Ms. Demi B! Demi is the newest edition to the Wings of Freedom Tour, as of April/May 2019. Demi accepted the position of Flight Coordinator. Demi comes to the Wings of Freedom Tour with an existing aviation background and brings her own unique skill set to the tour. Demi facilitates organizes and juggles the flight schedules attempting to maximize the flight experience for all patrons and Collings Foundation guest. Demi keeps the crew on their toes from sun up to sundown, with her personality and smile. The Collings family thanks Demi for her efforts and and addition to the Wings of Freedom team, looking towards a successful future.

American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA - Open today! Labor Day, 10 AM to 5 PM.
09/02/2019

American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA - Open today! Labor Day, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Come out to NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum and enjoy the planes, phenomenal food, and music! We want to share the amazing ...
08/31/2019

Come out to NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum and enjoy the planes, phenomenal food, and music! We want to share the amazing day with YOU!!!

P-51 Pilot Pablo Cohn gives some ground instruction
08/30/2019

P-51 Pilot Pablo Cohn gives some ground instruction

Hey look - its Mike! Our fighter pilot Mike Porter shows love for the B-17 by doing some detailing before our departure ...
08/29/2019

Hey look - its Mike! Our fighter pilot Mike Porter shows love for the B-17 by doing some detailing before our departure to Millville, NJ.

Stunning view of the B-25 Mitchell, from our B-24 Liberator
08/29/2019

Stunning view of the B-25 Mitchell, from our B-24 Liberator

Top turret position looking at the B-17 while on the way to Millville.
08/29/2019

Top turret position looking at the B-17 while on the way to Millville.

These young men do it all.From Maintenance to flight engineering, they work around the clock to keep the planes maintain...
08/29/2019

These young men do it all.
From Maintenance to flight engineering, they work around the clock to keep the planes maintained and clean. We can’t thank them enough for such dedication to the Wings of Freedom Tour.

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Mailing Address: The Collings Foundation P.O. Box 248 Stow, MA 01775 Physical Address: The Collings Foundation 568 Main Street Hudson, MA 01749 Phone: 978-562-9182 800-568-8924 http://www.collingsfoundation.org

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