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. 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