The Gathering Foundation Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation,
was formed in 2007 during the development phases of The Gathering of
Mustangs & Legends air show, held September 27 – 30, 2007 at
Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. The
show attracted more than 150,000 visitors from around the world and
featured a tribute to the P-51 Mustang, along with other vintage
aircraft such as the T-6 Texan, P-47, P-38 and more.
The interest in historical aviation runs far and wide and spans
many generations, from those who flew and maintained aircraft
during their service years, to those who work diligently to preserve
the glorious history of combat aircraft through restoration. The
Gathering Foundation works to support the collection, exchange and
archive of information as it pertains to vintage fighter aircraft
and the brave men and women who flew or serviced these
aircraft in war times.
The mission of the Gathering Foundation, Inc. is to assist in preserving
the legacy of the remaining vintage fighter aircraft throughout the
world by sustaining their history and contribution to aviation.
To fulfill this mission, The Gathering Foundation is developing
an online museum where aviation enthusiasts around the world can
enjoy and learn about the history of vintage fighter aircraft and
the heroes who flew and maintained them. An archive of information
and resources will also be available for vintage fighter aircraft
pilots and owners.