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Collings Foundation
We are more than HALF-WAY to our $15,000 Goal for Giving Tuesday to unlock our donor match challenge! Give online, by phone, or by mail today and help us continue our growth by supporting educational programs, new exhibits like the Vietnam POW exhibit, artifact restorations like the B-17, M36 Jackson, and new WWII Japanese Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)! Donate today at www.collingsfoundation.org/giving/annual-fund/ ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Collings Foundation
The nation and the entire Warbird community is stunned and saddened by the shocking loss of two iconic World War II aircraft owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). We join in mourning the CAF crew lost in this tragic accident and offer our heartfelt prayers during this extremely difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less
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 Vietnam Memorial Flight
Flight Experience & Flight Training Programs.

2022 Flight Program Update:

The Flight Experience program for the F-4 Phantom and TA-4J Skyhawk from our Houston, TX location is currently on hold for non-certified pilot participants as we await reapplication for our Living History Flight Experience (LHFE) authorization. We do not have an estimate on when this might occur, but we expect it will be no earlier than 2023 at this point.

Limited Flight Training slots are available on the F-4 Phantom, TA-4J Skyhawk, and our Me-262 Schwalbe (replica) for certified pilots under our LODA on file with the FAA. The participant requirements for flight training are as follows:

TA-4J Skyhawk Flight Training – Student must have at least a current, valid FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a current and valid FAA Class 3 Medical Certificate. Student Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Sport Pilot Certificates are not permitted.
Program Cost: $8,000 for Ground Training and 45 Minute Flight – 50% deposit required for scheduling

F-4D Phantom Flight Training – Student must have at least a current, valid FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a Multi-Engine Rating with a current and valid FAA Class 3 Medical Certificate. Student Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Sport Pilot Certificates are not permitted.
Program Cost: $15,000 for Ground Training and 45 Minute Flight – 50% deposit required for scheduling

Me-262 Dual Control Flight Training – Student must have at least a current, valid FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a Multi-Engine Rating with a current and valid FAA Class 3 Medical Certificate. Student Pilot, Recreational Pilot, and Sport Pilot Certificates are not permitted.
Program Cost: $5,500 for Ground Training and 45 Minute Flight – 50% deposit required for scheduling

If you qualify for either of these Flight Training programs, please email VMFlights@collingsfoundation.org for more information.

Flight Training Programs for the Vietnam Memorial Flight

The Collings Foundation offers flight training programs in the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk. This once in a lifetime opportunity allows 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 45 minutes in duration depending on fuel burn.

TA-4J Skyhawk Type Rating Training
Type Rating Training for the TA-4J Skyhawk is available for qualified pilots – this intensive course spanning multiple flights over the period of a week must be tailored to the experience level of the training pilot and will culminate in a practical flight test by a qualified FAA Designated Examiner. Please email VMFlights@collingsfoundation.org for more details.

Flight Training Programs for the Messerschmitt Me-262

The Collings Foundation is offering Unusual Attitude / Upset Flight Training 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: FAA Private Pilot license or greater with a multi-engine rating and current 3rd class medical.
Cost: $5,500

For more details on this program, please email VMFlights@collingsfoundation.org.

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COVID-19 Event Cancellations & Closure

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts, the Father's Day Open House / "Tanks, Wings, & Wheels" event in partnership with the American Heritage Museum has been CANCELLED for June 20-21, 2020. Additionally, the American Heritage Museum is CLOSED until Phase III re-openings are announced in the state. We will make announcements here and on our Facebook page when re-opening is announced.