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.
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.
Unique full dual control / dual cockpit TP-40N Warhawk.
The newest addition to the Foundation's historic fighter aircraft. TF-51D Mustang "Toulouse Nuts" received the recognition as Grand Champion at the 2016 Oshkosh AirVenture.
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 flew 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.
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.
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 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.
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.