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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! ...

 Vietnam Memorial Flight
Flight Experience & Flight Training Programs.

A Vietnam Jet Flight Experience You Will Never Forget
The Collings Foundation announces that, for the first time ever, flight programs are now available to members of the public in a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk. This once in a lifetime opportunity allows both pilots and non-pilots to experience the most important jet fighter of the Vietnam/Cold War era. Just imagine what 35,000 lbs of thrust feels like in the F-4 Phantom! – Or the incredible roll-rate and nimble flight characteristics of the TA-4 Skyhawk!

The F-4 Phantom and TA-4J Skyhawk FLIGHT TRAINING PROGRAM takes place at the Collings Foundation’s Houston, Texas facility. Each participant will take part in academic sessions on the aircraft, which will include presentation safety procedures, ejection seat training and cockpit orientation, before donning a Nomex flight-suit and strapping into one of the most powerful civilian operated fighters in the world. Flights will be personally tailored to each student’s interests and capabilities. Flights last approximately 40 minutes in duration depending on fuel burn.
F-4 Phantom: $15,000
TA-4J Skyhawk: $8,000
50% deposit required on sign-up.

Messerschmitt Me 262
Flight Training Programs

The Collings Foundation is offering Unusual Attitude / Upset Training and Type Ratings in one of the most historically important and iconic jet aircraft – the Messerschmitt Me 262.

60 years after the birth of the Me 262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still be seen in contemporary aircraft. Swept wings, automatic slats and the modular construction are examples of technology introduced in the Me 262. At the time, the 262 was a fighter of absolutely unrivaled potential. Thankfully, full production of the Me 262 did not start until 1944, and with fuel shortages and lack of materials it was too late to effect the outcome of WWII.

A very limited continuation production run sponsored by the Messerschmitt Foundation recreated four aircraft to exacting standards from an original Me 262 trainer. The only modern concessions are CJ-610 jet engines, modern avionics and improved materials and metals. Currently, there are only three Me 262 recreations flying: two in the United States and one in Germany. Our Me 262 “White 1” carries a continuation of the original work numbers assigned, with updated engines and safety equipment.

Messerschmitt Me 262 Unusual Attitude / Upset Training Flight Training takes place at the Collings Foundation’s Houston, Texas facility. Requirements: Pilot license with multi-engine rating and current 3rd class medical.
Cost: $5,000

Messerschmitt Me 262 Type Rating takes place the the Collings Foundation’s Houston, Texas facility. Requirements: Must posses at least a United States private pilot certificate with multi-engine land rating, current 3rd class medical, minimum 1,000 hours pilot flight time, including 500 hours as PIC in multi-engine aircraft category.
Cost: $3500 per flight hour plus fuel

 

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