Great News From the Collings Foundation

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Former Evergreen Aviation Museum’s B-17G 44-83785 “Shady Lady” in flight.   It has joined the Collings Foundation and will return to the sky again in 2017. Photo Credit: Evergreen Aviation Museum

The Collings Foundation has just released exciting news.  They have acquired a number of aircraft from the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.  The aircraft include a second B-17G for their collection “Shady Lady”, a P-38L Lightning, a Bf-109 G-10, and  a second P-40 Warhawk.

The Collings Foundation plans to have the Evergreen B-17 flyable by 2017. There will not be two B-17’s on the Wings of Freedom Tour, but rather will give the foundation ample time to do necessary work on their B-17G “Nine-O-Nine”, that they are not able to preform due to time constraints on tour. This is the same idea that the Collings Foundation had in mind when they purchased a TF-51D Mustang restoration project not too long ago.  The TF-51D when completed will take the place of the foundation’s TP-51C “Betty Jane” while necessary work is done on it.

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The Collings Foundation’s newly acquired P-38 Lightning. Photo Credit: Evergreen Aviation Museum

The Collings Foundation also acquired a beautifully restored Lockheed P-38L Lightning with very flight time logged since its restoration.  Although the Collings Foundation, currently has its hands full with restoration projects, the plan is to have this P-38 flying sometime in 2016.  In order to get it airworthy again, Rob Collings President of the Collings Foundation says that, “the P-38 will undergo some mechanical rehabilitation, just from sitting so long, and also some cosmetic…”, work to bring it to modern Warbird standards.  Also to add some of the finishing touches, that were not previously applied. Mr. Collings also annouced, that the P-38 when completed will wear a natural metal finish.  Mr. Collings finally announced that there are no plans to install a second seat, that this P-38 will remain a single seat aircraft.

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Collings Foundaton’s new Bf-109 -10, it formerly belonged to the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Photo Credit: Warbird Registry

Also from the Evergreen Aviation Museum the Collings Foundation also acquired a Messerschmitt Bf-109 G-10.  The foundation has “…not decided whether or not it will be a flyable aircraft”, says Mr. Collings, due to some issues it has.  Reagrdless its restoration will be completed.

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A Curtiss P-40K Warhawk , formerly owned by the Evergreen Aviation Museum, now owned by the Collings Foundation. Photo Credit: Evergreen Aviation Museum

The Collings Foundation’s final aircraft that it acquired from the Evergreen Aviation Museum was a P-40K Warhawk, which is likely to fly again in the future.

Stay tuned for a complete report on Collings Foundation’s aircraft restorations, coming soon.

Check out the original interview with Rob Collings by our friends over at WarbirdRadio.com here

Heritage Aircraft Collection

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Heritage Aircraft

The late John Desmond of Chalfont, Pennsylvania was a successful businessman and a collector of vintage aircraft from the 1920’s and early 1930’s.  Mr. Desmond’s collection of aircraft, engines, and other small parts represent over 45 years of collecting.  The collection of aircraft consist of a Pitcairn Super Mailwing PA-6, a Travel Air S-6000-B, Waco CTO, Waco GXC, an ultra-rare Kinner Playboy R-5, and the only soon to be completed wooden Lockheed Vega just to name few.  Due to Mr. Desmond’s passing the entire collection is going to be sold.

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The only wooden Lockheed Vega in the word in existence, seen here under restoration. This Vega served with Shell Oil. Photo Credit: Heritage Aircraft

Some of the aircraft have been sold, but it is not too late to own one of these one-of-a-kind aircraft.  There will be a public auction in Chalfont, Pennsylvania on October 9th and 10th 2015.  According to Heritage Aircraft, bidders at the auction will have the opportunity to bid on complete aircraft, aircraft restoration projects, engines, propellers, and vintage aircraft instruments.  For More information visit:http://www.heritageaircraft.net/

Videos of Heritage Aircraft S-6000-B First Fly on May 27, 2015:

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Some Pictures of the Collection:

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Video Credit: Heritage Aircraft