Collings Foundation

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Collings Foundation
LocationStow, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°24′12″N 71°30′28″W / 42.403293°N 71.5078°W / 42.403293; -71.5078
TypeAviation Museum, Auto Museum
DirectorRobert Collings, Jr.

The Collings Foundation is a private non-profit educational foundation located in Stow, Massachusetts, founded in 1979 by Robert F. Collings and Caroline Collings with a mission dedicated to the preservation and public display of transportation-related history, namely automobile and aviation history.[1] The Collings Foundation is headquartered at a small private airfield in Stow that includes a small museum that opens for special events and pre-scheduled tour groups. On July 4, 2013, Military Vehicle Technology Foundation founded by Jacques Littlefield, donated their entire collection of military vehicles to the Collings Foundation. The vehicles are now the centerpiece of the new American Heritage Museum, located at the Collings campus in Stow.

The organization also has a satellite operations base in Houston, Texas, located at Ellington Field primarily housing the Korean War and Vietnam War jet aircraft and helicopter collection. The Collings Foundation operates two touring collections of historic military aircraft: The Wings of Freedom Tour and The Vietnam Memorial Flight. The Wings of Freedom flights also provided a platform for testing a smartphone-based Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B), a means of future air safety technology.

The view and position of Collings Foundation's B-25 captured in real-time by the ground station with a smartphone ADS-B app
Collings Foundation's B-24J "Witchcraft", TP-51C "Betty Jane" & B-17G "Nine-O-Nine" at Marana, Arizona, in April 2010
Me 262B "White 1" at Marana, Arizona, in April 2013
Collings Foundation's B-24J "Witchcraft" at Marana, Arizona, on April 11, 2011
Collings Foundation's TP-51C "Betty Jane"
Collings Foundation's B-17G just after take off at Marana, Arizona, in April 2012
Collings Foundation's B-17G at Leesburg, Florida, in February 2019


Aircraft collection[edit]

Flyable aircraft[edit]

Static aircraft[edit]

Aircraft under restoration[edit]

Previously operated aircraft[edit]

Automobile collection[edit]

Brass era[edit]

  • 1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash
  • 1904 Franklin Type A Roadster
  • 1906 Pope Waverly Electric Carriage, original un-restored
  • 1906 Stanley Steamer Touring Car (20 hp)
  • 1908 Cadillac Open Roadster Runabout
  • 1913 Ford Model T Touring Car
  • 1913 Mercer Speedster Raceabout (replica)
  • 1914 Stutz Bearcat
  • 1915 Buick Touring Car
  • 1916 Chalmers Model 120 Sedan
  • 1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring
  • 1916 Oldsmobile Model 44 Touring Car
  • 1919 Willys-Sterns Knight Touring Car

Roaring 20s[edit]

  • 1921 Marmon Model 34 Speedster
  • 1924 Ford Model T
  • Collings Foundation's TF-51D, "Toulouse Nuts" at Leesburg, FL, 02/07/2019
    1926 Chevrolet Woody Depot Hack

Classic era[edit]

  • 1927 Rolls Royce Springfield Phantom 1 Phaeton
  • 1928 Packard Model 533 Sedan
  • 1928 Chrysler Model 72 Roadster
  • 1928 Packard Phaeton
  • 1928 Pierce Arrow Series 81 Limousine
  • 1929 LaSalle Model 2H
  • 1929 Pontiac Model F Cabriolet
  • Collings Foundation's B-24H, "Witchcraft" at Leesburg, FL, 02/07/2019
    1930 Cord Model L29 Convertible Coupe
  • 1931 Studebaker President
  • 1932 Duesenberg SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton
  • 1935 Packard Model 1208, Convertible Sedan
  • 1936 Auburn Boat-Tail Speedster
  • 1937 Cord Model 812 Phaeton

Celebrity cars[edit]

  • 1940 Cadillac Limousine V-16, owned by Al Capone, original un-restored

Indianapolis 500 cars[edit]

Trevis/Offy, 1961
  • 1961 Trevis/Offy – Trevis team car, sister car to the 1961 winner. Ran Indy 1961–1964.
  • 1972 Gurney Eagle/Turbo Offy – Leader card Spl. Team car. Ran Indy 1972–1974.
  • 1979 Porsche Indy – The factory race car that smashed all track records before being banned.
  • 1980 Penske PC-9/Cosworth DFX – Mario Andretti's Michigan 500 winner. Ran Indy.
  • 1980, Qualified second with Mario Andretti. Also driven to victory by Rick Mears at the Copa Mexico 125.
  • 1987 March/Buick – Rich Vogler's best Indy effort
  • 1995 Lola/Ford XB – Michael Andretti's race winning car

Other race cars[edit]

  • 1996 Rilley & Scott MkIII/Ford winner of the 1997 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona
  • 1990 Nissan 300ZX- Factory team car winner of the 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring and the Drivers and constructors championship
  • 1993 Porsche RS America- Rolex 24 and Sebring 12 hour veteran, the first team car of Champion Porsche

Sprint cars: 1920s–WWII[edit]

Thomas Special, 1936
  • 1932 Crager-Ford
  • 1932 Gemsa Ford
  • 1936 Thomas Spl.
  • 1937 Offy 270 ci.
  • 1937 Rutherford – winner of over 300 races!
  • 1937 Ranger-Aircraft Engine
  • Drayer-Ford
  • Riley Four Port

Sprint cars: post WWII-1950s[edit]

  • 1950 Ford/Offy

Midget racers: 1930s-1950s[edit]

Studebaker powered midget car, 1946
  • 1936 Sowers- a rare Offy derivative
  • Caruso-Offy 110 ci. supercharged by Maseratti
  • Studebaker
  • Elto Outboard
  • Indian
  • (3) Ford V-8/60

Military vehicles[7][edit]

Trucks and farm vehicles[edit]

  • 1909 Peerless Steam Tractor
  • 1915 Walker Electric Truck
  • 1920s International Harvester
  • 1931 Diamond T Truck
  • 1931 Chevrolet Model C Cab-Truck


  1. ^ Collings Foundation (n.d.). "Collings Foundation Background". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Aiplane Dossier". Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "N207EV Aircraft Registration". FlightAware. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Hogan, Jackson (March 9, 2019). "La Pine man restoring plane flown by 'Bazooka Charlie' in World War II". The Bulletin (Bend, OR). Retrieved May 13, 2019. In 1944, U.S. Army pilot and artillery spotter [Major] Charles Carpenter was in France, fighting in the 4th Armored Division of Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army, when he had a crazy idea...Carpenter strapped three bazookas under each wing of his 1944 Piper L-4H, a frail reconnaissance plane not typically used for combat, flew over the German army and blasted multiple Panzer tanks and armored cars north of the town of Nancy. It earned him the nickname “Bazooka Charlie.”...75 years later, the Piper L-4H — nicknamed “Rosie the Rocketer” — has found its way to a rural garage near La Pine, where it’s being restored by a retired engineer.
  5. ^ "Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress". Collings Foundation. Archived from the original on June 8, 2019 – via Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Dempsey, Christine (October 2, 2019). "At least 5 killed, 9 injured, in crash of World War II-era plane at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Collings Foundation American Heritage Museum Collection". 23 January 2019.

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