Collings Foundation P-40B 41-13297

The anniversary of Pearl Harbor usually comes and goes without much attention. This year the Collings Foundation, based out of Stowe, Massachusetts has announced on the 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor that it has acquired the only flying survivor of the December 7 attacks; a P-40B. It is also the oldest surviving P-40 Warhawk in the world today. This P-40 was based in the United Kingdom at Duxford Field and owned by the Fighter Collection, who is famous for putting on the annual Flying Legends Airshow. According to the Collings Foundation shipping of this iconic and historic aircraft from England is underway. They have not commented on where this P-40 will be based but my guess is that it will spent the winter in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where most of their aircraft are based during the winter months for maintenance before the annual Wings of Freedom Tour. This year is going to be the 25th anniversary of the Wings of Freedom touring around the United States and giving rides to the public. I will try to find out if their new P-40 will join the tour which begins January 17 of this year.

Over the past couple of years the Collings Foundation has been growing from their original B-17G, B-24J and TP-51C. They have acquired many new aircraft such as two Focke Wulf Fw 190s an F-8 model and a very rare D-9 “Dora” model (known for having a “long” engine instead of a radial engine), a Grumman Wildcat, Grumman Hellcat and a TF-51D Mustang. They recently got their A-36A Invader which is the original P-51 Mustang with an Allison engine instead of a Rolls Royce or Packard built Merlin engine flying, and as of last year they are able to fly passengers in their Messerschmitt Me262, which is a replica of the world’s first jet fighter. The Collings Foundation is headed in a very good direction, as they expand their boundaries and are becoming an even bigger part of the warbird community. An E-newsletter from February of 2012 stated that the Collings Foundation was seeking sponsors for a B-29 Superfortress, B-26 Marauder, SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, and AD-4 Skyraider. It is currently unclear if the Foundation is still looking to pick some of these aircraft but if they were to do so, they would all make great additions to an already great organization and tour.

Also announced recently, the Collngs Foundation has announced that they have acquired the Littlefield Tank Collection of Silicon Valley, California. The collection contains over 200 tanks and vehicles including the world’s only privately owned German Panther tank and vehicles from WWI to modern day. They were donated to the Collings Foundation who will raise 10 million dollars to build a new museum wing at their HQ in Stowe, to house 80 of the most historic tanks. They will Auction of the remaining 160 in August of 2014.

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