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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A dear friend of the Collings Foundation and WWII veteran Frank Tedesco passed away on February 29, 2020 at the age of 9...
03/11/2020

A dear friend of the Collings Foundation and WWII veteran Frank Tedesco passed away on February 29, 2020 at the age of 99. Born and raised in Weymouth, Frank graduated from Weymouth High School. He went on to further his education, by receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Frank proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WW II as a B24 Liberator Pilot. Over the years, he received many awards for his military service, most recently in May of 2019, Frank was awarded a high medal of honor, the Legion D’Honneur for his service alongside France, during WW II. Before retirement, Frank worked for many years as an Aircraft Engineer for General Electric.
He spent countless hours volunteering: building the Spirit of Massachusetts in Boston, restoring a B24J Liberator with the Collings Foundation, in Stow, MA and public speaking educating the public on events of WW II. Frank’s passion for photography was evident by his numerous features in publications. On the weekends, he loved to sing and perform at clubs and piano bars. Frank frequented the Wings of Freedom tour and the Collings Foundation's living history events over many years. He was always the epitome of "The Greatest Generation."

Frank was a kind, selfless, and loving man who cared for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

Coming in May, an exciting way to become part of history by learning how to DRIVE a tank! The American Heritage Museum i...
02/17/2020

Coming in May, an exciting way to become part of history by learning how to DRIVE a tank! The American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA announces Tank Driving Experiences in the 1944 M24 Chaffee and 1944 M4A3 Sherman "Liberty" tank starting in May! Learn the systems and history of your tank of choice and actually drive the tanks that made history in our tank driving area! Reservations are now being taken - click on https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/tank-driving-experiences/ or call 978-562-9182 to book today!

The America Heritage Museum568 Main Street, Hudson, MAOpen February Vacation Week!Looking for a great place to take the ...
02/13/2020

The America Heritage Museum
568 Main Street, Hudson, MA
Open February Vacation Week!

Looking for a great place to take the kids during February vacation week (2/14 - 2/23)? Visit the new American Heritage Museum in Stow! There will be a variety if kids activities throughout the week. For more information visit: www.americanheritagemuseum.org or call 978-562-9182. Please like this and tell your friends!

Glenn, Charlie, Mike, Jim, et al - You are correct! This is astronaut Michael Collins. Selected as part of NASA's third ...
01/31/2020

Glenn, Charlie, Mike, Jim, et al - You are correct!
This is astronaut Michael Collins. Selected as part of NASA's third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, Collins flew in space twice. His first spaceflight was on Gemini 10 in 1966, in which he and Command Pilot John Young performed orbital rendezvous with two different spacecraft and undertook two extravehicular activities (EVAs, also known as spacewalks). On the 1969 Apollo 11 mission he became one of 24 people to fly to the Moon, which he orbited thirty times. He was the fourth person (and third American) to perform a spacewalk, the first person to have performed more than one spacewalk, and, after Young, who flew the command module on Apollo 10, the second person to orbit the Moon alone.

What an absolute treat to have Mr. Collins fly with us.

We are excited and honored to have this very special person receive flight instruction in the P-51 "Toulouse Nuts" yeste...
01/31/2020

We are excited and honored to have this very special person receive flight instruction in the P-51 "Toulouse Nuts" yesterday. He is featured in the middle with chief pilot Rob Pinksten on the left signing his flight log. His pilot skills are out of this world! Any guesses? For those on crew yesterday - give folks a chance before spilling the beans.

..and the awesome P-51 "Toulouse Nuts"
01/30/2020

..and the awesome P-51 "Toulouse Nuts"

Wings of Freedom tour has just landed in Naples, FL. Beautiful weather. There through the weekend.
01/30/2020

Wings of Freedom tour has just landed in Naples, FL. Beautiful weather. There through the weekend.

B-24 and P-51 just landed at Page Field airport in Ft. Myers! Will be there till mid day Thursday, then off to Naples.
01/27/2020

B-24 and P-51 just landed at Page Field airport in Ft. Myers! Will be there till mid day Thursday, then off to Naples.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, let us introduce you to our 2020 flight coordinator Ms. Jessica Vanderzwaag! Jessi...
01/24/2020

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, let us introduce you to our 2020 flight coordinator Ms. Jessica Vanderzwaag! Jessica is seen here getting into the B-24's Ball gunners position. Please give Jessica a big welcome!

B-24 and P-51 are now in Venice, Florida. Crew is happy since it is starting to warm up! In Venice through the weekend t...
01/23/2020

B-24 and P-51 are now in Venice, Florida. Crew is happy since it is starting to warm up! In Venice through the weekend then down to Ft. Myers and Naples next week. Thanks Karl for sending the picture!

Such a good dog sitting patiently for a photo!
01/22/2020

Such a good dog sitting patiently for a photo!

This picture was just sent in from Karl Beyerle out on tour with the B-24, P-51 and crew in Tampa. 37 degrees out there ...
01/22/2020

This picture was just sent in from Karl Beyerle out on tour with the B-24, P-51 and crew in Tampa. 37 degrees out there this morning! If you are in the area go out and give them a visit - Will keep them warm! There until mid day tomorrow, then to Venice.

Just received some great pictures of the P-51 and B-24 arriving at Tampa Executive airport this morning from photographe...
01/20/2020

Just received some great pictures of the P-51 and B-24 arriving at Tampa Executive airport this morning from photographer Joe Sale. To view more images of our arrival and Joe's work visit @jsalephotography on instagram and facebook. Thanks Joe! We will be in Tampa till Thursday - then down to Venice,. Thursday through Sunday.

The Collings Foundation's P-38 Lightning will be featured of Discovery Channel's Impossible Engineering show on January ...
01/13/2020

The Collings Foundation's P-38 Lightning will be featured of Discovery Channel's Impossible Engineering show on January 15th!

https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2020/01/special-video-debut-in-the-9-11-war-on-terror-exhibit-featuring-f-16-pilo...
01/10/2020
Special video debut in the 9/11 / War On Terror exhibit featuring F-16 pilots Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville. - The American Heritage Museum

https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2020/01/special-video-debut-in-the-9-11-war-on-terror-exhibit-featuring-f-16-pilots-heather-penney-and-marc-sasseville/

Special video debut in the 9/11 / War On Terror exhibit featuring F-16 pilots Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville. January 10, 2020 The American Heritage Museum is proud to announce the debut of a captivating video interview with two F-16 pilots as they attempted to intercept the hijacked flight 93 a...

Hi there everyone ~Our Christmas gift shipping window closes today. If you would like to pick up a nice toy, tee shirt, ...
12/17/2019

Hi there everyone ~
Our Christmas gift shipping window closes today. If you would like to pick up a nice toy, tee shirt, or other nice items for the history and aviation buff for Christmas - order before 1:00 PM eastern. Cheers!
https://www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/

WWII Veteran, Battle of the Bulge survivor and good friend of the Collings Foundation, Dr. John McAuliffe has passed awa...
12/12/2019

WWII Veteran, Battle of the Bulge survivor and good friend of the Collings Foundation, Dr. John McAuliffe has passed away. When we think of what is good, kind, thoughtful and hard working, we think of John. In his obituary his family wrote: "In lieu of flowers, as a tribute to John's goodness, his family suggests that you take someone you love to lunch or dinner and let them know that you love them." (that is just the way John was) In honor of John, we suggest you do that.

Beautiful snowy morning here at the Foundation.
12/11/2019

Beautiful snowy morning here at the Foundation.

Hi there everyone - We just put up a bunch of gifts in our online store for the holidays. Some nice stocking stuffers an...
12/05/2019

Hi there everyone -
We just put up a bunch of gifts in our online store for the holidays. Some nice stocking stuffers and great variety of Cobi building block toys. Proceeds help the Collings Foundation. Good Health and Happiness To All!
https://www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/

Hi there everyone - Hunter here - I am in the process of putting together an article on all the wonderful volunteers who...
11/22/2019

Hi there everyone -
Hunter here - I am in the process of putting together an article on all the wonderful volunteers who help with the Wings of Freedom tour and all CF activities. Looking for a a couple good photos to use. Do you have a favorite volunteer photo? Send it to me! email: [email protected]
(just one please) Have a good weekend!

Our M4A3 Sherman “Liberty” taking part in the Hudson, MA Veterans Day parade and ceremony.
11/11/2019

Our M4A3 Sherman “Liberty” taking part in the Hudson, MA Veterans Day parade and ceremony.

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/

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Are y’all coming back to Waco & Austin this spring?
Grate group : later : I will miss the 9 0 9 : 😎
Thank you for stopping in Tampa!
Are you coming to So. Florida, if so when and where, Thank you, 🖖
Incredible events, October 02, 2019. The history of the Nine-o-nine(140 flights) and the Wee Willie(128 flights). Navigator, Lt. Col. Jess Ziccarello (USAF -retired) of Whippany, New Jersey, flew the majority of his WWII 35 missions on the B-17 Wee Willie. His wings folded and un-expectantly passed away on October 02, 2019 at the age of 96. Chilling thoughts of our mystery of life. In memory of the greatest generation.
Is the Collings Foundation still working on the restoration of another B-17?? A post I made a couple years back came up in my memories today about another one you were restoring to airworthiness at the time.
I was going through some things in my hangar and came across this picture. RIP, Mac! My wife and I were remembering our flight from Medford to Salem on Nine-O-Nine just before we were married.
B-24🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Photo By Mark Eberle © All Copyrights Reserved By Mark Eberle
B-17 Photo By Mark Eberle © All Copyrights Reserved By Mark Eberle
Thinking of all of you at the Collings Foundation and those associated with you on this Veterans Day. Thank you for everything you have been doing to carry on the traditions of this country's veterans and their families.