Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. We have thousands of military artifacts from all branches of the Military. The Museum is located in the Naples Municipal Airport which was originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to train pilots for the pacific theater in WWII.

What has begun as a Museum Honoring Military Aviation in WWII has evolved into so much more. You can now see historical artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War and all the way up to the present day Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


The Collings Foundation

The Collings Foundation Since 1989, a major focus of The Collings Foundation featuring WWII aircraft. This tour showcases two fully restored heavy bomber aircraft: a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress.  The Collings Foundation newest addition to the Wings of Freedom Tour is a WWII P-51C Mustang dual-control fighter  aircraft.

The Collings Foundation

1944 vintage Consolidated B-24J liberator is painted as “Witchcraft”, in honor of an 8th AF bomber that flew a record 130 missions over Europe as part of the 467th BG.

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looking back towards rear gunner oxygen tanks mounted on top

The Collings Foundation

looking back at rear hatch

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left side waist gunners port Naples down below

 

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Collings Foundation

The Collings Foundation

The Collings Foundation newest addition to the Wings of Freedom Tour is a WWII P-51C Mustang dual-control fighter aircraft.

The  Boeing  B-17G Flying  Fortress flies as “Nine-O-Nine”, in honor of an 8th Air  Force, 91st  BG  heavy  bomber.  The B-17  was the companion of  the B-24  in thousands  of wartime,  bombing, and  reconnaissance missions.  Together they  were the  backbone of the daylight strategic bombing campaign of WWII.  The Foundation’s P-51C was named “Betty Jane” to honor Col. Charles M. McCorkle, P-51 pilot who was an “ace” fighter pilot and commander, with 11 confirmed kills under his belt – 6 of them in a P-51 Mustang named “Betty Jane”. “Betty Jane” has joined the tour as a representative of the “little friends” that engaged the German fighters as the huge bomber formations flew toward enemy targets, saving countless bomber crew lives.

The “Wings of Freedom Tour” has two goals: to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans that allow us to enjoy our  freedom; and to educate the visitors, specially younger Americans, about our national history and heritage. The Foundation encourages people to tour the planes, talk to the veterans who come to visit the aircraft, and participate in a “flight experience”. In twenty-one years, the tour has made more than 2,378 visits to airports across the United States and Alaska. While the exact number of visitors is difficult to gauge, it is estimated that between 3 and 4 million people see these warbirds annually.

From  headquarters in Stow, MA, the Foundation coordinates the “Wings of Freedom” and “Vietnam Memorial” flights and acts as a clearinghouse of information on issues of both aviation and history, along with overseeing the operation of  other aircraft and projects. The Foundation also publishes web and print newsletters that are sent to over 70,000 contributors and has an active membership and volunteer program.

The Stow facilities include an aviation museum and a vintage automobile and racecar collection, which are open by appointment for group tours from May through October. On average, twenty-five events are hosted every year, many of them fundraising events for non-profit groups. The Foundation also hosts three public open house / “living history” events annually at the Stow headquarters.

Over the past thirty years the Foundation has undertaken and completed more restoration projects than many of the major aviation museums in the United States such as the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) or the United States Air Force Museum. The importance of volunteers who support the Foundation’s efforts by hosting the aircraft in their tour.


 

here are  the  slideshows  in four parts

slideshow 1

slideshow 2

slideshow 3

slideshow 4



 

here’s a video


walk around tour of the “Whitchcraft” B-24 on display at Naples airport just outside of the Museum of Military Memorabilia


 

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B-24 at dusk

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B-17 in flight

The Collings Foundation

Looking out the Main Gunners sight

 

The Collings Foundation

P-51 Mustang

The Collings Foundation

nine o nine B-17

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