THE COLLINGS FOUN­DA­TION’S FIRST AC­QUI­SI­TION

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The first air­craft the Foun­da­tion ac­quired was a B-24 air­frame that badly needed a com­plete, down-to-the-last-rivet restora­tion. The air­craft was in Eng­land, but that was only the last stop in a long his­tory. Ini­tially,

it had been a Royal Air Force air­plane that had flown com­bat and sup­ply mis­sions all over the South Pa­cific dur­ing WW II be­fore be­ing in­te­grated into the China/burma/in­dia cam­paigns. When the war ended, that plane, along with many of its peer group, was left aban­doned in In­dia. At the time, In­dia was build­ing its own air force, and se­lected sev­eral dozen B-24s to be re­built and put back into ac­tive ser­vice. This par­tic­u­lar air­plane served In­dia into the 1960s be­fore be­ing once again aban­doned. A col­lec­tor brought it to Eng­land and then sold it to the Collings Foun­da­tion. Sev­eral years and more than 97,000 riv­ets later, the air­plane was put into ser­vice.

The AD-5 Skyraider joined the Collings Foun­da­tion’s Wings of Free­dom Tours in mid-2018. (Photo cour­tesy of the Collings Foun­da­tion)

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