Flight Simulators – Link Trainers

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum is making great progress in the restoration of its British Link D-4 instrument trainer. The museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, has been restoring this early 1950s vintage equipment for a few years, and today technicians Doug Bent and Mike Scruggs tested the instruments and recent electrical system repairs. The museum has this working D-4 trainer, as well as two additional older model 1940s Link trainers under restoration. For more information, visit the museum’s web site: http://www.airandspacemuseum.org/. Also, the St. Louis Post Dispatch has published an article at http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_43f3e273-980c-5d01-897a-784af96942a6.html.

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Shares the Dream of Flight With Young Eagles, Scouts

 

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted two group tours today, with approximately 35 Young Eagles earning their logbooks, and a group of Boy Scouts touring the museum.  The two groups were treated to appearances by the MO CAF B-25, “Show Me,” and a T-6 Texan based at St. Louis Downtown Airport where the museum is located.  Many of the Young Eagles were treated to a ride in the factory cart once used by James S. McDonnell, Chairman of McDonnell Aircraft, during President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the plant in 1962.  All young visitors received a poster depicting characters from the new Disney movie, ”Planes.”  The museum welcomes group visits, and arrangements should be made in advance by contacting the museum.  Here are some scenes from today’s activities:

 

 

McDonnell Aircraft Factory Cart Used During President Kennedy Visit Dedicated

A restored McDonnell Aircraft factory cart, used to transport President John F. Kennedy during his visit in 1962, was dedicated Monday at a ceremony held at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  The tarp was removed from the cart around 10:00am in the presence of officials from the Boeing Employee Community Fund, sponsor of the grant used in the restoration, and local news media.  The cart, donated to the museum by McDonnell Douglas in 1993, was used by company Board Chairman and CEO Mr. James S. McDonnell when hosting visiting dignitaries.  Sometime after the President’s visit, it was lengthened and the rear seat was reversed to provide a more balanced ride.  The 2013 comprehensive restoration was completed by North Town Auto Body in Collinsville, IL along with: tires, tubes and battery from Master Auto Care; battery cables from O’Reilly Auto Parts; and keys from Village Locksmith in Collinsville, IL.  This video produced by Boeing media gives an excellent background on the cart and its place in history.
 
Please visit KSDK St. Louis for a news broadcast about the cart.
 
The cart prior to unveiling  
The cart in unveiled by Museum Board Member Trent Duff (L) and Museum President Mark Nankivil
Boeing Employee Community Fund Officials Laura Coughlin and Michael Carosone
Mr. Robert Potthoff, McDonnell (now Boeing) employee who was present for Kennedy’s visit
Airport Director Bob McDaniel (L), Boeing ECF staff and Museum Board Members
North Town Auto Body staff who restored the cart

St. Louis Downtown Airport Hosts Annual Youth Gateway to Aviation Day

St. Louis Downtown Airport hosted the annual Youth Gateway to Aviation Day Saturday sponsored by EAA Chapter 64, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (of St. Louis University), the Boeing Company, Wicks Aircraft and Motorsports and other aviation service providers.  The event provided aviation career education to hundreds of Aviation Explorers, including Young Eagle Flights with EAA Chapter 64, flight simulator activities at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2, and information booths at the Parks College hangar.  About 85 Explorers were flown before high winds curtailed flying activities.  Thanks to all participants!

Here are some views of the day’s activities:

Saturday Fly-In and Museum Open House Features Fall Family Fun

EAA Chapter 64 and Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Fall Fly-In October 6 at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS),    8am-4pm

Visit one of two 1929 Curtiss-Wright hangars on the national historic building register

Pancake breakfast and barbeque lunch available

Meet Zenith Aircraft President Sebastien Heintz and check out the latest designs

Visit the Wicks Aircraft and Motorsports table and register for attendance prizes

Meet Brian “Brain” Kissinger, 3-time record holder in light sport aircraft

See a variety of homebuilt aircraft on display – RVs, Fly Babies, Zeniths – and the rare Parks P-1

Fly around St. Louis in a 1941 Waco biplane piloted by Kevin Kegin

Fly in a T-6 Texan Warbird with pilot Greg Vallero

Get your picture taken in a real F-4 Phantom II fighter jet cockpit

Talk to Parks College flight school representatives and check out their Diamond training aircraft

Meet with IPMA members and experience plastic model making at its best

Authentic Link Trainer demonstrations conducted in the museum hangar

Youth can show their skills in a computer flight simulator and 3-axis moving children’s simulator

Children can get their picture taken in an F-117 Stealth Fighter cockpit (1/3 scale)

Free eye screenings will be provided by the Lions Club

See you there!

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Gives Link D-4 Trainer a Workout

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum is making great progress in the restoration of its British Link D-4 instrument trainer.  The museum volunteers have been restoring this early 1950s vintage equipment for a few years, and technicians Doug Bent and Mike Scruggs tested the instruments and recent electrical system repairs.  The museum has this working D-4 trainer, as well as two additional older model 1940s Link trainers under restoration.  Their work was recently featured in The St. Louis Post Dispatch in this article: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_43f3e273-980c-5d01-897a-784af96942a6.html.