Collections v folders

I keep all my image folders in one Master Catalog on one disk.
My system of filing is to have a main folder, say "Airshows", with sub folders named  "Original-RAW Files" and "Finished Files".
Each sub folder is then further sub divided into "Show 1", "Show 2", "Show 3", etc.
This system also enable me to  duplicate  my files in such a way that they can be accessed by programmes other than Lightroom.
I also like to make Collections of specific planes which appear and therefore the Collections can include images taken at any  number of individual shows but as LR3 keeps the Folders and the Collections in different sections, this entails looking in two different locations  for any images taken at Airshows.Another disadvantage is that I believe LR Collections cannot be accessed by other third party programmes should I wish to change from Adobe.
I would like maintain my current filing system (which suits my purposes), but wish to find a way to file say,"Spitfire" Collection as  "Airshow\Finished Files\Spitfire" so that all files are kept together.
Is there a way to achieve this without resorting to making duplicate image files ?

I would like maintain my current filing system (which suits my purposes), but wish to find a way to file say,"Spitfire" Collection as  "Airshow\Finished Files\Spitfire" so that all files are kept together.
Is there a way to achieve this without resorting to making duplicate image files ?
This is one of Lightroom's great strengths. You do not need duplicate image files to achieve a "Spitfire" collection (or keyword), so photos from many different folders can become part of the "Spitfire" collection. However, if your requirement is that you want this Spitfire collection to be in its own folder, then you will necessarily have to create duplicates.
Your problem illustrates the limitation of organizing via folders, and cannot be overcome unless you eliminate the requirement that "Spitfire" be in its own folders. Some people create, temporarily, a Spitfire folder, export the collection to this Spitfire folder, display the photos via whatever mechanism you want, and when it is not longer needed, eliminate the folder. Of course, another option is to browse/display your Spitfire photos inside of Lightroom, thus eliminating the need for a new folder containing duplicates of your photos.
I believe LR Collections cannot be accessed by other third party programmes should I wish to change from Adobe
This is correct, and in my opinion, is a good reason to use keywords instead of collections for this purpose. Keywords can be transferred to any other photographic software, and can stay with the photo.

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