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Open House, World War II re-enactment, and auto & airplane museum at Collings Foundation, Stow MA

Pasting from the website of the Collings Foundation:

 

The Collings Foundation Hosts:

Battle for the Airfield

WWII Reenactment and Living History Weekend

October 10th and 11th

 

Picture this:

 

….An undercover French Resistance Fighter met with the Allied Forces and showed the exact coordinates of the German encampment. The night before an elite German force over took a small grass airstrip just a few hundred feet away. The Allied Forces had to gain control of this airfield so they could fly in much-needed supplies. - It was going to be a tough fight.

 

How will the battle end? Will the Allied troops be able to gain control of the airfield and further their advancement? You will have to be here to find out. The Collings Foundation will host a Living History event you will never forget. You will be able to see original equipment from WWII in action. Everything from the cooking utensils to M1 rifles is original. The only event of this type - in the world. – Don’t miss it!

 

October 10th and 11th

Open Daily: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Entry Fee: $15 Adults / $10 Children

 

This is a public event and reservations are not required.

Two reenactments per day: 11:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

 

Display will include:

 

* Aircraft: TBM Avenger, Wright "Vin Fiz" replica, 1909 Bleriot, Fokker DR-I replica, PT-17 Stearman, Cessna UC-78 Bobcat, North American AT-6 Texan, Fiesler Fi-156 Storch, and many more!

* Automobiles: Entire Collings Foundation collection - see list for details.

* Collings Foundation Gift Shop

* Vetran's Roundtable Discussion: Hear amazing stories from WWII Veterans about thier experiences during the war. 1:00 PM on hangar floor - both 10/10 and 10/11.

* PT-17 Stearman Rides - Limited Availability

* $230 for 1/2 Hour

* Call 978-562-9182 for reservations.

* See PT-17 Info here

* T-6 Texan Rides - Limited Availability

* $450 for 45 minutes

* Call 978-562-9182 for reservations.

* The WWII Battle reenactment will take place twice each day on the grass landing strip in front of the hangar. It will take place at 11 AM and 3:30 PM.

* There will be suprises each battle!

  

* The Collings Foundation grounds are very nice and make a great setting for such an event. Getting here is tricky! Click on the link above for directions.

* The Fiesler FI-156 Storch has an incredible history during WWII. This aircraft is well known for its versatility and easy flying characteristics. The plane that saved Mussolini! (temporarily). We will be flying as part of the battle reenactment.

* Our M-16 Half-Track has been beautifully restored. The quad mount 50cal machine guns fully rotate. The M-16 will be participating in the WWII battle reenactments.

* The German 88mm flak cannon was feared by all airmen. One of the first weapons to have "pre-programmed" ammunition. This cannon will also be a part of the battle reenactments.

* For a "birds eye" view of the event- we will be offering PT-17 Stearman and T-6 Texan flights. Flying in these aircraft is a lot of fun! Call to reserve your flight: 800-568-8924

* Post-war German ingenuity.. A Messerschmitt minicar! On display courtesy of the Gould Foundation collection.

* It will be the Allied vs. the Axis in a very memorable battle re-enactment! This living history perfomance will captivate and educate. It will take place each day at 11 AM and 3:30 PM.

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Taken on October 11, 2009