Most of us can only dream of flying in a WWII-vintage fighter plane, let alone the thrill of doing so in the hallowed airspace through which so many men flew them eighty years ago, and yet this is precisely the opportunity which the newly-announced Ultimate World War II Fighter Experience Sweepstakes will provide. The following press-release provides more details for what is involved, and how to enter this exciting competition…
Imagine soaring high over the iconic White Cliffs of Dover at the controls of a Supermarine Spitfire, just like the heroic pilots defending England during the harrowing days of the Battle of Britain in 1940. Or crossing the expanse of the English Channel in your P-40 Warhawk, returning from ground attack missions in occupied France. Then, fly in the Cadillac of all fighters – the legendary P-51D Mustang. You’ll experience all three if you are the winner of the Ultimate World War II Fighter Experience Sweepstakes supporting the American Heritage Museum of Stow, Massachusetts!
The winner of the Ultimate WWII Fighter Experience Sweepstakes will travel to London, England, and will report to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar just outside the city. This famous airfield was one of the fighter bases where RAF pilots flew from, defending their island nation during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz in the summer of 1940. The winner will be paired with experienced flight instructors to get familiar with three rare dual-seat fighters of WWII: the P-51D Mustang, the Supermarine Spitfire TR.9, and the Curtiss TP-40N Warhawk, before taking to the skies in each one! Flying even one of these incredible aircraft is unique, but flying in all three is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Soar over the countryside of Kent and streak through the skies over the English Channel where German and British pilots fought aerial duels over eighty years ago.
The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar features the world’s largest collection of operating Spitfires and is one of the most experienced operators of World War II fighters in Europe. While in the United Kingdom you have the opportunity to visit several other amazing aviation and history museums including the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, the Tank Museum in Dorset, and the RAF Museum in Hendon. This is the only sweepstakes opportunity like this in the world!
The WWII Fighter Experience sweepstakes is a fundraiser for the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts, a 501c3 non-profit educational museum operated by Collings Foundation, Inc. All proceeds will be used to support the Museum’s educational programs and continued growth. The winner of this one and only fighter flight package will also receive a $2,000 travel allowance.
The American Heritage Museum is housed in a 65,000 + square foot building located at the Collings Foundation’s headquarters in Stow, Massachusetts. The concept of the American Heritage Museum began when the Foundation was selected to receive the massive collection of tanks, armored vehicles, and military artifacts from the family of Jacques M. Littlefield in 2013.
Receiving this historically important and extensive collection was a tremendous honor for the Collings Foundation. Exhibiting these artifacts in the most meaningful way possible is our goal. We designed the American Heritage Museum to fully engage people in understanding our turbulent past. In this remarkable place, American history will be explored, studied, and most of all remembered. Through educational interpretation and a chronologically arranged series of dioramas and exhibits, the American Heritage Museum brings the history of our veterans to life. Among the staggering variety of rare relics, the American Heritage Museum features over fifteen tanks and artifacts that are the only ones on public display in North America. These include: M1A1 Abrams Tank, T-34 Tank, Kommandogerrat 38 German Rangefinder, Leichter Panzerspähwagen SdKfz 222 Armored Vehicle, Matilda MK.II Tank, Jumbo Sherman Tank, IS-2 Tank, Panzer 1 Tank, SCUD Missile and Launcher, Ho-Ro Tank, and many more.