Early Aviation Collection
The adventurous romance of flying was in full swing during the early 1900s. A number of key figures refining and defining the modern aeroplane. This kicked off the great Pioneer Era (1903 – 1914) of aeroplane development and design. *The early aviation collection in Massachusetts is available for viewing during special events and by appointment.
The elaborately constructed Curtiss Pusher captured the imagination of people worldwide. Unique design features of the bi-plane include positioning the propeller and revolutionary Curtiss OX-5 engine behind the pilot were revolutionary designs at the time.
The world’s only fully restored and operational Curtiss Model F flying boat.
The Wright "Vin Fiz" won acclaim with Calbrath Perry Rodgers at the controls as being the first aircraft to cross the American continent.
The Bleriot XI was a later incarnation of the famed Bleriot flown by Louis Bleriot on July 25, 1909 who became the first to successfully cross the English Channel in an aviation challenge.
World War II Collection
During World War II, aviation firmly established itself as a critical component of modern warfare. Military investment during WWII accelerated aviation design considerably. The Collings Foundation has recovered and restored many of the true landmark aircraft that built the world aviation history. *Some of the WWII aircraft are not on premise. Check under each aircraft’s history for location and viewing access.
This PBY was the United States’ highest scoring U-boat destroyer in history, and is the oldest operational Catalina.
Last fully restored and flying fighter that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The last fully restored and flying PT-17 Stearman used by the Tuskegee Airmen.
WWII amphibious plane that served many roles.
One of the world's most historically significant Spitfire restorations in the world.
One of the "prettiest" planes in the collection! Beautifully restored from nose to tail.
One of the highest standards of restoration in this Hellcat.
Designed and ordered in 1936, the Wildcat finally entered service in November 1940. Initial Wildcat deliveries embarked aboard USS Wasp (CV-7) and USS Ranger (CV-4).
The A-36 is a derivative of the P-51A Mustang or Mustang I as it was known in RAF service. The A-36 was designed as a dive-bomber version of the famed fighter that was designed.
The UC-78, known affectionately as the "Bamboo Bomber" because of its wooden construction, was well known as a multi-engine trainer of WWII. Many bomber pilots saw training on this aircraft.
The TBM Avenger was one of the most famous aircraft of WWII in Navy service. Originally designed as a carrier-based torpedo bomber by Grumman Aircraft.
One of the most unique aircraft ever produced, the Fieseler Fi-156 Storch was an aircraft built for a specific task of being able to take off and land in literally twice its own length.
Defined as one of the most recognizable WWII trainers ever built, the PT-17 Stearman "Kaydet" flies on into the 21st Century.
The Lightning played one of the most significant operations in the Pacific theater. On April 18th, 1943, a P-38 intercepted and shot down the aircraft Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was on. Yamamoto was the architect of Japan's naval strategy in the Pacific including the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Korean War Collection
The Korean War was the first shooting war for the newly independent United States Air Force. It was the first time jet aircaraft entered battle. *Aside from the AT-6 Texan and T-33, the majority of the Korean War aircraft are not on the premise.
T-33 Shooting Star was the primary jet trainer after the Korean War.
Definitely one of the most distinctive designs ever employed by a fighter aircraft, the Vought F4U-5NL Corsair lives as one of the most famous fighters built during WWII.
The North American AT-6 Texan won wide acclaim as one of the most well used advanced trainers not only during WWII but also beyond.
Vietnam War Collection
The Collings Foundation’s Vietnam Memorial aircraft fly in tribute to those who served and fought for the freedoms of the Vietnamese people. Based in Houston, Texas, these aircraft are fully restored and flying. *The Vietnam Memorial aircraft are operated out of our Ellington Field, Texas facility.
The restoration projects are being conducted off premise.
The last known remaining Fairchild PT-19A used for primary flight training by the Tuskegee Airmen in 1944 is currently under restoration to flying conditon.
A true David and Goliath story -- a Grasshopper credited with six German tank kills, including two legendary Tiger tanks, in a role for which it was never intended. Survived for years under the cover of a nameless civilian aircraft. Now being restored to its original configuration.
There is an incredible history behind Fw 190F-8 (Wk Nr 93182). This fighter flew combat while serving in JG 5 stationed in Norway. Its last mission was on February 9th, 1945.