Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hogan's Jacket, Klink's Uniform, Schultz's Overcoat—Off to a Museum!

On September 30, 2015, Colonel Hogan's U.S. Army Air Force bomber jacket that was owned and worn by Bob Crane in Hogan's Heroes (and by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express) was auctioned off for $22,500. We tried to raise money to win the jacket so we could donate it to a museum. But we were unsuccessful.

However... On October 1, 2015, I received an email from Edward Patrick, the CEO of the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio. He informed me that the museum had bid on and won Hogan's bomber jacket. Further, the museum had also bid on and won Colonel Klink's uniform (as worn by Werner Klemperer) and Sergeant Schultz's overcoat (as worn by John Banner), which were also up for auction in the same lot as Hogan's jacket. These three signature props have now been safely relocated to the museum, where they are now on display for the public to enjoy. Hogan, Klink, and Schultz are all back together again! And we are thrilled!

We are extremely grateful to the Liberty Aviation Museum and humbled by their amazing gesture to preserve these iconic items in television history, and we send them our deepest gratitude and thanks. Please consider donating to/volunteering at the museum, liking them on Facebook, and/or following them on Twitter to show your support.

NOTE: Author Carol Ford will visit the Liberty Aviation Museum on June 11-12, 2016. She will discuss her work on Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography and Bob Crane's life and times, and will sign copies of the book. For more information, contact the Liberty Aviation Museum.

Latest picture of the temporary Hogan's Heroes display.
Sent to Carol Ford from the Liberty Aviation Museum
February 17, 2016.