Collings Foundation acquires B-17 Flying Fortress, Bf 109, P-38 Lightning, and P-40 Warhawk

The B-17G "Shady Lady" at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. (Photo killbox (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The B-17G “Shady Lady” at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. (Photo killbox (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The Collings Foundation has announced that it has acquired several warbirds from the collection of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum:

  • Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Shady Lady” (s/n 44-83785), which is technically airworthy and should fly again in 2017. The foundation already operates a B-17, and this new arrival will make it possible for the “Wings of Freedom Tour” to continue while one B-17 is under maintenance.
  • A Lockheed P-38L Lightning which should fly in 2016 after some restoration work.
  • A Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10, whose return to airworthiness is uncertain due to some technical problems. Regardless of this, restoration work will be carried on the aircraft.
  • A Curtiss P-40K Warhawk, which will join the P-40 already owned by the foundation and will probably be returned to airworthiness.

More information on this topic can be found on the blog The Warbird Watcher.

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