Ace's Orlando office recently delivered a rare and cherished collection of over 400 handmade model aircrafts to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Don Holton, father-in-law of Orlando General Manager, Tom Westwood, built the collection over a span of 50 years. Mr. Holton passed away last year and gifted the collection to ERAU. It is currently being completely restored and cataloged by ERAU's archivist and student interns.
The collection will be permanently displayed in the University's College of Aviation beginning in May.
"This is a very unique collection consisting of more than 400 handmade models of every airplane that flew in WWI, WWI, and many that flew in the Korean War and Vietnam. The detail of each airplane is incredible and accurate", said Jeff Davis, Director of External Affairs at ERAU.
The collection had been assembled and displayed in Mr. Holton's home for many years and was always a topic of conversation with all who visited. After his passing, this beloved collection was carefully packed in cool crates and finally transported to ERAU. According to TOM, "Don was an adventurer, historian, pilot, and proud marine who I admired greatly. He was a man's man. Ace Relocation Systems' Orlando team was honored to care for this treasured piece of his legacy and deliver it safely to the university."