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And we’re off!! See you soon, Florida 💁 ...

First day of the tour and we’re heading to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport 💁 see you there!! ...

Hi everyone from New Smyrna Beach!! Tour starts tomorrow 💁 ...

One of the most fantastic gentlemen and great friend Mr. Irwin Stovroff passed away. Irwin was a part of the Foundation for countless years. A true advocate for our Veterans, preserving WWII history and touched everyone he met.

STOVROFF, IRWIN J
Boca Raton, Florida
8-10- 1922- 1-16- 18

Irwin was born in Buffalo, NY and lived in Youngstown, OH and Greensboro, NC. He was a Jewish Prisoner of War in Germany during WWII. Wherever he went, he went with all his heart. Irwin’s philosophy in life was that people matter, not things and he put that frame of thought to work helping other veterans at the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Hospital and Co-Founding Vets Helping Heroes, which raises funds for veterans in need of Service Dogs.

Survived by Suzy, [Michael] Strella, and companion of many years, Doris Tamarkin.

Son of Max and Bertha Stovroff, [deceased], married to Sterra Penner Stovroff, [deceased], father of Jill Feldman [deceased], brother to Mort [deceased] and [Joan], Stovroff.

An extraordinary life:
2nd Lieutenant Irwin Stovroff, 506 Squadron, 44 th Bomb Group, POW Stalag Luft 1, Purple Heart recipient

Graduated from University of Illinois

Worked for family retail furniture business in Youngstown, Ohio and then Thomasville Furniture International until retirement at age 75.

Volunteered as National Service Officer for Ex-POW’s at Palm Beach VA Hospital

9/2000 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross presented by Senator John McCain

1/2002 President’s Call to Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, from George Bush

3/21/2008 by order of President Sarkozy of the French Republic he was presented the Legion of Honor medal.

10/2009 Congressional Record, Wounded Warriors K-9 Corps Act [Instrumental in legally allowing Service Dogs for veterans with physical and mental disabilities.] With Honorable Ron Klein, Senator Al Franken and Congressman Ed Whitfield.

President Obama signed into law the Defense Authorization Act of 2010, supporting Wounded Warrior K-9 Corps Act inspired by Irwin Stovroff

3/18/2013 Congressional Record honored his work that provided Veterans with Service Dogs.

4/22/13 Proclamation By Mayor Steve Abrams & Congressman Ted Deutch, Irwin Stovroff Day Boca Raton

4/30/15 FAU Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Honored at Avenue of 444 Flags, Hermitage, PA, [where 444 days Americans were held hostage in Iran]

Featured in documentaries, “A Gift of Life”, “Shot Up and Shot Down” & “Bagels Over Berlin”

Featured in Gerald Astor’s book, “The Mighty Eighth”

Featured in Tracy Libby’s book, “Reporting for Duty”

Irwin’s biography, L.A. Weiser’s book, “An Extraordinary Life… Gone to the Dogs”

Irwin has been a part of the Wings of Freedom Tour since the start.
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small flyer for the Tour in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Send it on out! ...

The Collings Foundation would like to thank the following corporate sponsors who give generously to the support and upkeep of the Collings Foundation aircraft collection so that they may continue to fly for generations to come.

Aeroquip – Aviation hoses for all Collings Foundation Aircraft.

 

Bose Corporation – Noise-cancelling headsets for Collings Foundation aircraft and flight crews

 

Champion Aerospace – Aircraft spark plugs for all reciprocating engine Collings Foundation aircraft

Concorde Batteries – Support for batteries in all of the Collings Foundation Aircraft.
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Frazier Aviation – Provide various parts and support equipment for The Collings Foundation TA-4 Skyhawk program.

General Electric Engine Division – Powerplant and general support for the Collings Foundation F-4 Phantom Program

 

Gentex – Aviation helmet and oxygen systems for Collings Foundation high-performance aircraft
 

Goodrich Universal Propulsion Company (Formerly OEA Aerospace)

Goodyear – Aircraft tires for Collings Foundation aircraft

 

Houston Aircraft Instruments – Instrument replacement, repair, and overhaul for Collings Foundation aircraft

Lockheed Martin – Restoration assistance for the Collings Foundation F-4 Phantom program 

Martin-Baker – Support for ejection seat equipped Collings Foundation high performance aircraft

Meguiars – Provides us with all of the polishes and cleaners for the aircraft and automobile collection.

Parachuteshop.com – Provides parachutes, inspection and packing services for The Collings Foundation parachutes.

PartsBase – Provides us with a discounted membership to search for the hard to find aircraft parts in their expansive database..

Texstars – Support for the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Collings Foundation F-4 Phantom program

Lima Bravo AviationProvides the Collings Foundations stellar insurance programs for our historic
aircraft.

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Wheelen Engineering

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