The Midwest Aviation Community again showed support for STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education and aviation career development by participating in Teachers Aviation Career Day at Mid America Airport in Mascoutah, IL Tuesday. The event provided area K-12 educators with a first-hand look at available area aviation service providers and resources that add value to the STEM curricula many school districts are developing. According to Keith Mueller, representing Southwestern Illinois College and a key organizer, there were 160 schools from 13 counties in the St. Louis and Metro East Illinois area scheduled to be represented by the attendees, and it is hoped that this event will spark enhanced communication among educators and the aviation community.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum provided an exhibit to illustrate its contribution to educating the public about the area’s contributions to aviation past and present. The exhibits were arranged on both floors of the Mid America Airport terminal, and several aircraft arrived and parked on the apron. The exhibitors represented all aspects of aviation, including commercial airlines, military careers, flying schools and college aviation programs, advocacy groups, educational non-profit organizations and even camera drone operators. Having the event at an airport, with the aircraft present, emphasized the point that aviation services and careers are important to everyday life, and that the skills needed to participate in aviation as a vocation are within the grasp of those students who participate in STEM programs.
A sample of the exhibitors and aircraft include:
|Overhead view of a portion of the lower level exhibit hall|
|Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis|
|Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64|
|Federal Aviation Administration|
|Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum|
|Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association|
|Ninety-Nines and Women With Wings|
|Southern Illinois University|
|Southwestern Illinois College|
|Sparta Aero Services|
|Trans States Airlines|
|Transportation Security Administration|
|Wings of Hope|
|Yield Enhancement Service|
General Aviation aircraft used by the State of Illinois, Southern Illinois University Flight Program, and Mr. Bob McDaniel’s personal aircraft that has flown many Young Eagles with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64:
Cessna 182 used by the Civil Air Patrol:
Bell Helicopter Textron 206 Long Ranger used for medical air transport by Survival Flight:
Special thanks to the organizers, exhibitors, attending educators, and Mid America Airport for making this Midwest Aviation outreach event a great success.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum held the annual Scout Aviation Day Saturday. The museum, along with EAA Chapter 64, provided opportunities for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to experience Young Eagle flights and participate in activities to fulfill portions of their Aviation Merit Badge requirements. The Scouts learned about the development of flying machines in the St. Louis area using real-life examples on display, and heard about opportunities in the aviation field from educators and military pilots. Along with the actual Young Eagles flight, the Scouts could observe aircraft operations on the apron in front of the museum as they occurred in real time. Trying on an actual F-4 Phantom II fighter cockpit for size was a rare and exciting experience.
Sponsorship Announcement: Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum to Co-Sponsor International Space Development Conference in St. Louis May 25-29
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has become a co-sponsor of the International Space Development Conference to be held May 25-29 in St. Louis. Over the next few months, we will be promoting the conference and bringing the highlights of the event to our audience as it progresses. The museum will also partner with The Aero Experience, another co-sponsor, with an exhibit at the conference.
We encourage you to attend the event, which features world-renowned speakers and cutting-edge breakout sessions that push the envelope of conventional space exploration. Topics such as return to the moon, living in space, mars settlement and advanced propulsion systems will be explored.
The museum commends the National Space Society and the St. Louis Space Frontier for their hard work in hosting this amazing event. Click on the image below for more information and check back for future updates!
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 hosted the year’s first local EAA Young Eagles rally on March 4. Young Eagles flights are given free of charge to youth aged 8-17 through local EAA chapter rallies, and Young Eagles are also offered educational materials, first flight lesson vouchers and flight scholarships to encourage the development of the next generation of aviators. Those who have received Young Eagle flights from EAA Chapter 64 have discovered that there are a variety of aircraft involved, flown by very experienced and enthusiastic pilots. Young Eagles flights from St. Louis Downtown Airport offer a great view of the St. Louis skyline and neighboring sites such as the large rail yard north of the airport.
The afternoon was clear and warm as the operation began following the pilot briefing by EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel. Local youth groups, including Cub Scouts, were represented. While some were being flown, others were touring the museum and trying out the full-size and kid-size aircraft cockpits and trainers. A variety of aircraft were used, including Cessna 172s, a Piper Cherokee and John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s pristine Cessna 305A/O-1A Bird Dog. Here are some views of the flights:
Special thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64, pilots and ground crews, and Ideal Aviation FBO services for making this great youth event possible!
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum participated in a STEM Fair, sponsored by STEMpact, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Grand Hall today. The display included a slide show of the museum’s on-site exhibits, airfoils from an aircraft wing and helicopter blade, cockpit instruments, and other items illustrating the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The morning session was attended by STEM Leaders from area schools who visited with the exhibitors from around the St. Louis and Metro East IL areas. The museum was well received by area educators who showed great interest in the aviation and space science fields of study. Many opportunities were discussed for follow-up activities in the coming year. Other organizations representing aviation and space science were Southwestern Illinois College, the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association and the Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a class from the Ranken Adventure Academy Friday. The students toured the museum and gained an understanding of aerospace vehicles and their construction, including a complete F-4 jet cockpit and aircraft projects under construction. EAA Chapter 64 provided aircraft and volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights, ensuring that every student experienced an interactive flight over the St. Louis area. Thanks to EAA Chapter, Ideal Aviation and Women With Wings St. Louis for their contributions to making this a great experience for the students and all involved.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum recently hosted a youth group participating in a week-long activity at nearby Scott AFB sponsored by the local Tuskegee Airmen chapter. EAA Chapter 64, also located at St. Louis Downtown Airport, provided volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights around the St. Louis area in a variety of aircraft. Between flights, the teens learned about St. Louis aviation and aerospace history from the museum’s docents and the exhibits and activities, including the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of a real McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter. The museum hopes to work with the Tuskegee Airmen chapter regularly in the future. (Photos by Mark Nankivil)
GREATER ST. LOUIS AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
HIGHLIGHTS—JANUARY 2015—JUNE 2016
MISSION: SERVE the PUBLIC through PRESERVATION and DISPLAY of HISTORIC AIR & SPACE ARTIFACTS and EDUCATION PROGRAMS to FOSTER the SPIRIT of FLIGHT in TODAY’S YOUTH and in FUTURE GENERATIONS.
MAJOR AWARD—Inducted into Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame, Honored with Spirit of Flight Award, May 2016.
RECENT CELEBRATIONS—Supported 50th Anniversary of Gemini Space Flights at Missouri Aviation Historical Society.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS:
- Co-hosted “Young Eagle” Flights with Gateway Eagles and EAA Chapter 64 on Six Weekends.
- Provided Traveling Exhibits to Gateway to Space Development Conference.
- Displayed Material at Selvidge Middle School in support of STEM Program.
- Hosted Various Visiting Groups Including United Flying Octogenarians, Central Institute for the Deaf, Army/Navy Heritage Foundation, Cahokia Chamber of Commerce, Cahokia Head Start, SAFECON Region VI, Women in Aviation, and Navigators USA.
- Continued with Artifact Loans to Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Science Center.
- Continued Cooperative Activities with The Aero Experience, Missouri Aviation Historical Society, Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, and Aviation Archives.
- Established an e-Newsletter for Member/Public Distribution.
- Teamed with SLU/Parks to Assist With Scout Merit Badges By Providing Flight Simulators.
- Major Work on Replica 1910 Demoiselle by EAA 64 and Gateway Area Ultralight Assoc.
- Cabin Air Conditioning for the Howard Hughes Lockheed JetStar.
- Continuing work on the Cutaway R3350 Engine.
MAJOR ARTIFACT DONATIONS—APPROXIMATELY 130 DONORS:
- Large Collections of Books, Photos, Slides (more than 6000). Includes Original Material on Construction of Curtiss-Steinberg (St. Louis Downtown) Airport.
- Original Paintings.
- Various Aviation Patches/Stickers/Miscellany.
- Aircraft Equipment.
- Historic/Extinct Aviation Fields of Greater St. Louis.
- Histories of Greater St. Louis Airplane Development.
- Digitizing Photos/Documents for On-line Access.
- Contribute content to history of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport book project.
ARCHIVE CATALOGING—Additional 1600 Items Cataloged Using “Past Perfect” Software Provided With Grant from Ameren Illinois. Total Cataloged Items Now Nearly 3300.
Special thanks to Museum Curator Emeritus Jack Abercrombie for compiling this list of achievements.
Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Receives Spirit of Flight Award, Induction Into Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
The Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame held the 2016 Banquet and Induction Ceremonies Thursday at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s Transportation Education Center. Among the inductees this year is the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, a recipient of the Spirit of Flight Award for the museum’s contributions to the Metro East IL and St. Louis metropolitan areas. The museum has made many positive contributions to local and regional communities through the conservation of the area’s aviation history and the numerous educational and community events held there each year. The museum also received the AIAA St. Louis Civic Service Award in 2013.
Criteria for the Spirit of Flight Award:
•The organization’s activities must be Illinois based and continuous over a long period of time