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.

Flight coordinator Demi wrote - "Lori has a great story, she has gone from aircraft experience in a J3 cub now to a P-51...
05/14/2019

Flight coordinator Demi wrote - "Lori has a great story, she has gone from aircraft experience in a J3 cub now to a P-51 Mustang. As you can imagine she’s thrilled!
Staying true to tailwheel!"

Great shot of the kids out to see the planes in Paso Robles. There until mid day tomorrow, then off to Monterey, Moffett...
05/14/2019

Great shot of the kids out to see the planes in Paso Robles. There until mid day tomorrow, then off to Monterey, Moffett, Livermore - and onward!

Wholly Mackerel - Look at this fantastic picture of all the Wings of Freedom Tour aircraft in formation! Thank you Britt...
05/09/2019

Wholly Mackerel - Look at this fantastic picture of all the Wings of Freedom Tour aircraft in formation! Thank you Britt Dietz!

Flight coordinator Demi in the back of the P-51 getting ready to fly to Ramona, CA. There till Wednesday - then off to L...
05/06/2019

Flight coordinator Demi in the back of the P-51 getting ready to fly to Ramona, CA. There till Wednesday - then off to Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne airport in Orange County, CA.

Instructor pilot Paul Barnett taking a student up in the P-40 out of Carlsbad.
05/06/2019

Instructor pilot Paul Barnett taking a student up in the P-40 out of Carlsbad.

Shown here, the mechanics pulling through the props, it gets the oil out of the bottom cylinders to prevent hydraulic lo...
05/02/2019

Shown here, the mechanics pulling through the props, it gets the oil out of the bottom cylinders to prevent hydraulic lock. We are prepping for Carlsbad!!!

Gentlemen from the UK joining us on a flight in the B-24.
05/02/2019

Gentlemen from the UK joining us on a flight in the B-24.

Flight training in Toulouse out of Riverside
05/02/2019

Flight training in Toulouse out of Riverside

Carol Brown was all smiles during a P-51 training flight out of Riverside, CA. Thanks for flying with us Carol!
05/01/2019

Carol Brown was all smiles during a P-51 training flight out of Riverside, CA. Thanks for flying with us Carol!

Martin and Linda came out to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Torrence, California to give Tech Sgt. Andrew Acampora a final...
04/30/2019

Martin and Linda came out to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Torrence, California to give Tech Sgt. Andrew Acampora a final and posthumous ride on the B24 Liberator. Sgt. Acampora served in the “Jolly Rogers,” 90th Bomb Group, as the Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner on a B24, for 56 missions, between 1942-1944, over the Pacific theatre, liberating the Philippines. Sgt. Acampora would recall going on many formation missions and being the only aircraft to return. Martin shared that the family brought Sgt Acampora to every Collings event at Torrance or Orange County for the last dozen years or so. Sgt Acampora loved every visit. Sgt Acampora ironically passed away on 24 November. Crew member Cathy St. Germain and B24 Pilot Taigh Ramey placed a memorial photo of Sgt Acampora in the top Turret for the Sgt’s final flight over the cemetery where Sgt Acampora rests. May the wind be at your six Sgt. Written by Hank Akin

Mr. Ronald Henry Raschke came to the Wings Of Freedom Tour to see the B24 and B17, the type of planes that his father Lt...
04/28/2019

Mr. Ronald Henry Raschke came to the Wings Of Freedom Tour to see the B24 and B17, the type of planes that his father Lt. Henry J. Raschke flew in WWII, from 1943-1945. Lt. Raschke flew his first tour of 25 missions from 1943-1945, where he was presented the “Lucky Bastard” certificate. Lt. Raschke volunteered for his second tour in an attempt to qualify for fighter training. Lt. Raschke completed 12 additional missions by the time the war ended. Lt. Raschke earned the Flying Cross and the Air Medal shown below. Lt. Raschke had many clusters to the air medal, one for every 5 missions flown. Lt. Raschke served in the 327 Squadron, 92 Bomb Group, signified by the triangle B on the tail. Lt. Raschke reportedly flew several planes, “Hot Rock,” “Jolly Roger,” “Hello Mr. Meyer,” “Picadilly Virgin,” and one he couldn’t tell his mother “Bouncing Bitch II.” Lt. Raschke went on to serve his country, ultimately flying P47 Thunderbolt and B25, after the war.

Say hello to Mr. Robert Sawyer, a Bombardier on the B25, known as “Labor Pains.” Mr. Sawyer served his country from ...
04/27/2019

Say hello to Mr. Robert Sawyer, a Bombardier on the B25, known as “Labor Pains.” Mr. Sawyer served his country from 1942-1945. Mr. Sawyer is 99 years of age, and brought his family out the the Wings of Freedom Tour to see the B25, that he rode in 2years ago. Thank you for your service sir. Mr. Sawyer brought along a photo of the B25s on the carrier deck, just prior to the “Doolittle” Raid.

Meet David Rodriguez, 97 years of age, who came out to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Santa Barbara, Ca.  Mr David served ...
04/26/2019

Meet David Rodriguez, 97 years of age, who came out to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Santa Barbara, Ca. Mr David served in the 452 Bomb Group as the Ball Turret Gunner on the B17, “Forbidden Fruit II. Mr David recalled suffering a frost bite injury, requiring 3 months to recover. Mr David recalls flying over Normandy and Berlin. Thank you for your service sir!

This is Mr. John Patterson, 94 years of age, who visited the Wings of Freedom Tour in Santa Barbara, Ca.  Mr. John had j...
04/24/2019

This is Mr. John Patterson, 94 years of age, who visited the Wings of Freedom Tour in Santa Barbara, Ca. Mr. John had just turned “19” when he served as a tail gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress, from Nov. 1944 to June 1945. Mr John recall 30 missions over Italy. While showing me the Tail Gunners position on the B17, Mr John recalled a mission wherein the entire tail section had been shot up by enemy fire, severing his communication system. Mr. John said the first thing to happen after a Bomb run was the Pilot took roll asking each position to report injuries and damage. As Mr John had not answered he was presumed dead. Mr. John knew the plane was on fire and that he needed to get to his parachute. Mr. John stated that no one other than the pilot wore a parachute do to space restrictions. Mr. John also reported that he never wore his seat belt, as it was just one more thing to deal with in an emergency. Mr. John managed to crawl past the tail wheel, get his parachute on, and make his way to the exit. The pilot managed to get the fire out and Mr. John didn’t have to exit the plane. Thank you for your bravery and your service.

It is my distinct honor and pleasure to introduce Tuskegee Airman, 1st Lt. Richard T.  Lee Jr. of the 108th Fighter Squa...
04/24/2019

It is my distinct honor and pleasure to introduce Tuskegee Airman, 1st Lt. Richard T. Lee Jr. of the 108th Fighter Squadron. Mr. Lee is 93 years of age, with a grip of steel. Mr. Lee flew the B25, P51, and P40, over Italy, Germany, and Burma. Mr. Lee flew the C46, delivering fuel in Burma. Mr. Lee served his country from September 1943 thru 1969. After flying as a 1st Lt. in the war, Mr Lee retired as Chief Master Sgt., stating it was financially more lucrative for him. Mr. was escorted to the Wings of Freedom Tour in Camarillo, Ca., by his dear friend and Vietnam Nam veteran, Tom McCachern. Gentleman thank you for your service, dedication, and contribution to our country. Interview by Hank Akin

Hi Everyone! We are very excited to be opening the new American Heritage Museum here in MA on May 3rd. For all those who...
04/23/2019

Hi Everyone! We are very excited to be opening the new American Heritage Museum here in MA on May 3rd. For all those who are interested in volunteering during operating hours, we are hosting a special meeting at the Museum this Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 AM to around 12:00 PMish. If you are interested in attending please RSVP Hunter at [email protected]

Today we honor Lt. Colonel Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, as we learned of his passing on April...
04/10/2019

Today we honor Lt. Colonel Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders, as we learned of his passing on April 9th, 2019 at the age of 103. Lt. Col. Cole was the co-pilot of B-25 #1 that launched off the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942 on a one-way mission to hit the Japanese homeland only months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

We were honored to have Lt. Col. Cole fly with us as co-pilot in our B-25 "Tondelayo" several years ago in Texas. Our pilots remarked that he flew the B-25 "like he last flew it yesterday". He visited us several other times over the years and was always an incredible gentleman to all visitors.

Godspeed Lt. Col. Cole. You are missed.

04/10/2019

We have a tour stop coming up at Mather airport in Sacramento, CA 5/31 - 6/2. Anyone in the area interested in circulating a couple tour posters? Let me know! Send email to Hunter at [email protected]

Put it on your calendars, the opening day of the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA is Friday, May 3rd, 2019! The Am...
04/04/2019

Put it on your calendars, the opening day of the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA is Friday, May 3rd, 2019! The American Heritage Museum will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after May 3rd from 10am to 5pm each day. Admission will be $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and vets, and $10 for children under 12.

Make sure to visit the American Heritage Museum this summer after May 3rd!

We will be launching the new website soon at www.americanheritagemuseum.org

Wings of Freedom Tour Schedule Update! New locations added on the West Coast including weekend stops in Sacramento, CA a...
04/04/2019

Wings of Freedom Tour Schedule Update! New locations added on the West Coast including weekend stops in Sacramento, CA at Mather Field, and Salem, OR at McNary Field! Check out our entire schedule at the link below and schedule your flight on the B-17, B-24, B-25, P-51, or the new P-40! https://www.collingsfoundation.org/events/category/wings-of-freedom-tour/

Another cool shot of the B-24 in Marana from a couple years ago.
03/29/2019

Another cool shot of the B-24 in Marana from a couple years ago.

Wings of Freedom Tour - Heading out of Albuquerque to Marana, AZ today! ETA Marana Regional Airport around 2:45 PM. Ther...
03/29/2019

Wings of Freedom Tour - Heading out of Albuquerque to Marana, AZ today! ETA Marana Regional Airport around 2:45 PM. There through the weekend then to Glendale and Deer Valley (Phoenix area) next week.

Some great photos from photographer Erik Johnston. Thanks Erik! Keep up the good work.
03/27/2019

Some great photos from photographer Erik Johnston. Thanks Erik! Keep up the good work.

Please welcome the newest part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, the Curtiss TP-40N Warhawk! We are booking YOUR flight trai...
03/20/2019

Please welcome the newest part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, the Curtiss TP-40N Warhawk! We are booking YOUR flight training on the P-40 at stops on the Wings of Freedom Tour for the rest of 2019! We guarantee your grin will be as wide as the teeth of the P-40 as you take the controls of this iconic WWII fighter!! Book your training now at the link below, no pilot experience required! https://www.collingsfoundation.org/events/category/wings-of-freedom-tour/

03/19/2019

Just received word - the P-40 is expected to land in Denison, TX around 4 PM.

Here she is during flight checks in CA - prior to getting its "teeth." We are all so very excited to debut this beautifu...
03/19/2019

Here she is during flight checks in CA - prior to getting its "teeth." We are all so very excited to debut this beautiful fighter! Hope you get a chance to see it while on tour. See www.cfdn.org for a schedule of tour stops.

This picture was taken just before leaving CA to join the tour in Denison, TX. The P-40 is now in route! You can track i...
03/19/2019

This picture was taken just before leaving CA to join the tour in Denison, TX. The P-40 is now in route! You can track its journey in real time - N293FR.

The Collings Foundation is proud to announce the new TP-40N Warhawk will be joining the national Wings of Freedom Tour -...
03/19/2019

The Collings Foundation is proud to announce the new TP-40N Warhawk will be joining the national Wings of Freedom Tour - Starting Tomorrow! This is a full dual control TP-40N ('T'rainer 'P'ursuit) Warhawk. People of every experience level, from no flight training to experienced pilots can get flight instruction in this immaculate Warhawk.

Good morning Dallas, TX! The weather is going to be BEAUTIFUL this weekend and now is the time to come out and fly with ...
03/15/2019
Dallas, TX - Love Field (DAL) - Frontiers of Flight Museum - The Collings Foundation

Good morning Dallas, TX! The weather is going to be BEAUTIFUL this weekend and now is the time to come out and fly with the Wings of Freedom Tour's B-17, B-24, B-25. or P-51 at Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field! Book your flight ONLINE at https://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/dallas-frontiers-flight/

Experience the Wings of Freedom Tour Come out and experience World War II history on the ground and in the air with the Wings of Freedom Tour! See our original WWII warbirds up-close and personal with walk through tours of authentically restored interiors of the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberat...

WACO, TX UPDATE - Due to poor weather enroute and at Waco, the Wings of Freedom Tour is delayed in arriving at Waco, TX ...
03/11/2019
(DELAYED) Waco, TX - Waco Regional Airport (ACT) - The Collings Foundation

WACO, TX UPDATE - Due to poor weather enroute and at Waco, the Wings of Freedom Tour is delayed in arriving at Waco, TX today (Monday, March 11). We are hoping for weather improvement tomorrow (Tuesday) and will try again as early as we are able. Thank you for your ongoing patience in this frustrating weather in Texas. https://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/waco-tx/

Weather Delayed Due to poor weather enroute and at Waco, the Wings of Freedom Tour is delayed in arriving at Waco, TX on Monday, March 11. We are hoping for weather improvement on Tuesday and will try again as early as we are able. Thank you for your ongoing patience in this frustrating weather in ....

Come out and see the Wings of Freedom Tour at Stinson Field in San Antonio, TX! The weather has finally improved and we ...
03/09/2019
San Antonio, TX - Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF) - The Collings Foundation

Come out and see the Wings of Freedom Tour at Stinson Field in San Antonio, TX! The weather has finally improved and we are back on schedule! https://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/san-antonio-tx/

Experience the Wings of Freedom Tour Come out and experience World War II history on the ground and in the air with the Wings of Freedom Tour! See our original WWII warbirds up-close and personal with walk through tours of authentically restored interiors of the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberat...

03/02/2019

AUSTIN UPDATE: Continued poor weather conditions in Austin and enroute from Louisiana is preventing the aircraft of the Wings of Freedom Tour from moving into Austin, TX. Unfortunately this has been a very challenging week in regards to weather and we apologize for the inconvenience. We hope to try again tomorrow and will update again when we know more. Thank you.

03/01/2019

WINGS OF FREEDOM UPDATE - AUSTIN, TX: Due to continued poor weather around the Gulf of Mexico coast, the Wings of Freedom Tour arrival to Austin, TX has been delayed. The aircraft are stuck in Louisiana with poor weather enroute and will not be arriving on Friday, March 1st. We are working hard to arrive on Saturday, March 2nd if weather conditions improve. We will make further updates here as they become available.

If you are flying with us on any aircraft and have any concerns, please call us at 978-562-9182 for assistance.

02/28/2019

COLLEGE STATION VISIT - WEATHER CANCELLATION
Unfortunately due to ongoing poor weather preventing the aircraft from arriving, the Wings of Freedom Tour visit to College Station, TX has been cancelled. We will be attempting to fly directly to Austin, TX on Friday if weather permits. If you are scheduled to fly at College Station, please call 978-562-9182 for a flight refund or to rebook in Austin.

02/27/2019

Wings of Freedom Tour Weather Update - Due to poor weather conditions in College Station, TX, the Wings of Freedom Tour will not be arriving Wednesday, February 27th. We will try to arrive on the morning of Thursday, February 28th if weather improves. We thank you for your patience.

Collings Foundation's cover photo
02/27/2019

Collings Foundation's cover photo

02/22/2019
Just received word that the Wings of Freedom tour is now in route to our first stop on national tour - Pensacola, Florid...
02/22/2019

Just received word that the Wings of Freedom tour is now in route to our first stop on national tour - Pensacola, Florida. Then onward to over 110 cities across the country! We now have the opportunity to sign up for flights on our website. Hope you can fly with us!

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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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