Early Aviation Collection
The adventurous romance of flying was in full swing during the early 1900s. A number of key figures refining and defining the modern aeroplane. This kicked off the great Pioneer Era (1903 - 1914) of aeroplane development and design.
The Wright "Vin Fiz" won acclaim with Calbrath Perry Rodgers at the controls as being the first aircraft to cross the American continent.
The Bleriot XI was a later incarnation of the famed Bleriot flown by Louis Bleriot on July 25, 1909 across the English Channel and made him the first to do such a feat.
World War II Collection
During World War II, aviation firmly established itself as a critical component of modern warfare. Military investment during WWII accelerated aviation design considerably. The Collings Foundation has recovered and restored many of the true landmark aircraft that built the world aviation history.
Designed and ordered in 1936, the Wildcat finally entered service in November 1940. Initial Wildcat deliveries embarked aboard USS Wasp (CV-7) and USS Ranger (CV-4).
Willy Messerschmitt introduced the world to a whole new concept of cutting edge technology through the development of the first operational jet fighter, the ME-262.
The Collings Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the world’s only dual control P-51C Mustang to our WWII aircraft collection.
The world's only flying B-24J continues soaring through its native skies as part of the annual Wings of Freedom Tour with its sister ship, the B-17 Flying Fortress.
Made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies that made it an icon, the B-17 flies proudly across the United States with its companion.
Today the B-25 "Tondelayo" is operated by Collings Foundation volunteers. It is available for viewing and flight experiences during our national Wings of Freedom tour and at specific events.
The A-36 Apache is a derivative of the P-51A Mustang or Mustang I as it was known in RAF service. The A-36 was designed as a dive-bomber version of the famed fighter that was designed.
The UC-78, known affectionately as the "Bamboo Bomber" because of its wooden construction, was well known as a multi-engine trainer of WWII. Many bomber pilots saw training on this aircraft.
The TBM Avenger was one of the most famous aircraft of WWII in Navy service. Originally designed as a carrier-based torpedo bomber by Grumman Aircraft.
One of the most unique aircraft ever produced, the Fiesler Fi-156 Storch was an aircraft built for a specific task of being able to take off and land in literally twice its own length.
Defined as one of the most recognizable WWII trainers ever built, the PT-17 Stearman "Kaydet" flies on into the 21st Century.
Korean War Collection
The Korean War was the first shooting war for the newly idependent United States Air Force. It was the first time jet aircaraft entered battle. The Collings Foundation's Korean War Aviation Collection continues to grow..
The Collings Foundation's T-33 Shooting Star based in Houston, TX is being restored back to pristine condition just as it would have looked in its service in the 1950's and 1960's.
The T-33 Shooting Star owned by the Collings Foundation and on static display in Stow, MA is one of two. T-33. The other example is a flying T-33 based in Houston, TX and operated by CFW.
Definitely one of the most distinctive designs ever employed by a fighter aircraft, the Vought F4U-5NL Corsair lives as one of the most famous fighters built during WWII.
The North American AT-6 Texan won wide acclaim as one of the most well used advanced trainers not only during WWII but also beyond.
Vietnam War Collection
The Collings Foudnation's Vietnam Memorial aircraft fly in tribute to those who served and fought for the freedoms of the Vietnamese people. Based in Houston, Texas, these aircraft are fully restored and flying.
The Skyraider was built to be an extremely versatile aircraft designed for five main uses: day assault, all weather assault, radar surveillance, electronic counter-measures and anti-submarine warfare.
The North American F-100 Super Sabre is a swept wing supersonic jet fighter that served with the US Air Force from 1954 to 1971 and the Air National Guard until 1979.
The Collings Foundation is proud to honor the memory of all Vietnam Veterans by returning the Playboy colors to the sky.
One of the most versatile aircraft in former US Navy inventory, the Grumman S-2F Tracker was known and loved by a generation of pilots that flew it.
The UH-1 initially saw combat in Vietnam where its use as an infantry transport craft into the dense jungles made its type famous on television in some of the first news broadcasts from the battlefields.
One of the most important military aircraft in the history of the United States. Due to the performance of the aircraft, the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps all utilized the F-4.
Our A-26 Invader, under restoration in Uvalde, TX, will be one of the few of its type to wear its original markings as "My Mary Lou" an A-26 that fought in Korea from 1953-56.
Now, the Hellcat moves into a new phase of life, destined for restoration to the highest standards of her stock condition.
There is an incredible history behind Fw 190F-8 (Wk Nr 93182). This fighter flew combat while serving in JG 5 stationed in Norway. Its last mission was on February 9th, 1945.