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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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 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.
For more information, please email Ryan Keough, Director of Development at rkeough@collingsfoundation.org

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

For more information, please email Ryan Keough, Director of Development at rkeough@collingsfoundation.org

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