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Plans for Museum to House the Ex-Littlefield Military Vehicle Collection Stalled

Posted August 10, 2015 2:30 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction military museum

Are museums intrinsically educational? That question may not be as straightforward as it appears, judging from the difficulties the Collings Foundation, which now owns the core of the military vehicle collection assembled by Jacques Littlefield, has encountered in trying to build a museum to house that collection.

When he died in 2009 after amassing more than 200 tanks, military vehicles, and other pieces of military equipment over more than a quarter century, Littlefield, of Portola Valley, California, left the entire collection to the Collings Foundation, which was founded in 1979 in Stow, Massachusetts, to put on living history events, typically involving in-flight demonstrations of World War II aircraft. While the Collings Foundation did sell off about 120 of the vehicles at auction last July, netting a total of about $9.5 million, it held on to several dozen of the vehicles, including a Panzer V tank, the crown jewel of the Littlefield collection.

Where to house a few dozen armored and war-worn vehicles?

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