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2 months ago

Collings Foundation

Hi everyone. Hope you are all healthy and getting through the virus pandemic best you can. With the virus, all operations have been put on hold, so not much to report. During the time we have been posting articles around the tank collection in the new American Heritage Museum in MA. This is an amazing place and hope all of you have a chance to visit sometime in the future. We will feature several articles on CF aircraft in the next month - Stay Tuned!
Evolution of the Tank: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2020/04/evolution-of-the-tank-part-1/
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3 months ago

Collings Foundation

Hi There Parents! Looking for something for your children to do while at home? The Cobi building block models are terrific projects for kids big and small. We have a great selection to choose from in the American Heritage Museum store. We ship as soon as the orders come in. Your purchase helps the Collings Foundation and AHM. See the full inventory in the AHM Online Store:https://www.collingsfoundation.org/product-category/special-items-toys-calendars/ ...

3 months ago

Collings Foundation

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.
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Imagine the power of eight radial engines and the history of two of Americas most well known heavy bombers proudly roaring by to the delight of your crowd…

Experience the “thunder” of two General Electric J79 engines as they power America’s only F-4 Phantom as it screams past show center and into an ace’s victory roll at show center to the amazement of your crowd…

See the results when the Collings Foundation is part of your next airshow or event.

Here are some of the Aircraft we can provide for your event.

  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator – WWII Heavy Bombers
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II – Vietnam Fighter Jet
  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk – Vietnam Fighter Jet
  • Grumman TBM Avenger – WWII Torpedo Bomber
  • North American B-25 Mitchell – WWII Medium Bomber
  • Fiesler FI-156 Storch – WWII German STOL Aircraft
  • Cessna UC-78 Bobcat – WWII Multi-engine Trainer
  • North American AT-6 Texan – Korean War Attack
  • Boeing PT-17 Kaydet – WWII Primary Trainer

The Collings Foundation has over twenty aircraft that may suit your needs. From early-age aircraft, through WWII, and into Vietnam; we have a selection that will complement any themed event or show.

Why should you choose Collings Foundation aircraft when planning your next aviation event?

  • Unique – Such aircraft as the only flying B-24 Liberator, America’s only F-4D Phantom on the airshow circuit or the world for that matter, or one of the only flying Bleriot XI’s will set your event apart from the rest.
  • Quality – With a stable of Oshkosh winning restorations that focus on authenticity and rebuild to stock condition, our aircraft will bring “living history” to your event.
  • Location – With several bases of operation around the United States, as well as nationwide locations with our B-17, B-24 & P-51, we may be closer than you think.
  • Acclaim – Our aircraft have received International and National media attention via televised and print sources, therefore boosting your events media recognition and making it stand out from the rest!

Airshow packages are available with multiple aircraft, please inquire for more information. Please call Ken Miles at 978-562-9182 or 978-568-8924 or email info@collingsfoundation.org for more information.

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