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)
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and the St. Louis aviation community mourn the passing of Bob Kraemer, a long-time museum member and benefactor, US Navy pilot, CFI, Stearman and Pitts pilot and friend to many. More on Bob can be found in his memorial here.
Lester E. Eash
Mr. Eash participated in programs recognizing his work on the McDonnell Aircraft XF-85 Goblin parasite fighter test program sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. We encourage you to re-visit these stories featuring Mr. Eash:
For additional coverage of the event and a biography of “Chub” Wheeler, click here.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, and the aviation community, thanks you for a lifetime of dedicated service to family, country and aviation.
Charles Arthur Davies (April 11, 1925 – July 5, 2013)
Charles Arthur “Art” Davies, Jr., age 88, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, departed this life on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Lake Regional Health Center in Osage Beach, Missouri.Charles was born April 11, 1925 in Slater, Missouri, the son of Charles Arthur, Sr. and Magelalen McAteer Davies.Art served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army from August 2 1943, until his honorable discharge, December 7, 1945. He had also served in the US Coast Guard. Art was a graduate of Christ the King High School located in University City, Missouri, and a graduate of Washington University School of Architectural Engineering. He retired from McDonnell-Douglas-Boeing after 38 years of employment.
Art attended St. Monica Catholic Church in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He was one of the original founders of the Spirit of St. Louis Aviation Museum in Chesterfield, Missouri, now located in Cahokia, Illinois.
Art is survived by his wife Mary Alice, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; his sister Patricia Newcomb; and his brother, William Davies. Art was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife Margaret Dietz Davies.
The aerospace community mourns the recent loss after a brief illness of our dear friend, Mrs. Rose Church, the “Flight Nurse to the Astronauts” during the budding Mercury and Gemini spacecraft programs at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in St. Louis, MO. Starting out as an industrial nurse at McDonnell Aircraft in the early 1950s, she essentially created the job of flight nurse for the space program when McDonnell Aircraft became the prime contractor for Mercury and later Gemini spacecraft. Her work brought such esteem from the astronauts, many of whom went on to the Apollo program, and the NASA hierarchy that she was invited to the last Space Shuttle launch as a VIP guest nearly 50 years later. She continued to educate the public about the space program after leaving McDonnell and during her second career in real estate, and was a life member of, and generous contributor to, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia. She will be remembered not only as an aerospace pioneer, but even more so as a lady who showed kindness and service to all she encountered. Rose Church dreamed of going to the moon – her plan was a one-way colonization mission for older folks – but those who knew her are confident that she is now far beyond the moon, touring the universe with the One who created it.
For more information about Rose Church, please visit the previous posting on The Aero Experience http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/2011/07/rose-church-flight-nurse-to-mercury-and.html and the Missouri Historical Society’s biography page at http://www.historyhappenshere.org/archives/7300.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 held its Fall Fly-In Saturday, offering a new way to experience aviation history – flights in a 1941 Waco and a T-6 Texan warbird. The event was held Saturday near historic Curtiss-Wright Hangars 1 and 2, with the museum and EAA aircraft on display. Other organizations, such as IPMA, SWIC, Wicks Aircraft Supply, St. Louis Flight Training and the Lions Club were represented and provided information about their services to the community. The most dramatic impact on the visitors, the aircraft flying overhead, was an added bonus this year. The museum is proud to include Kevin Kegin’s Waco UPF-7 (http://kevinkeginamericanwarbird.com/) and Greg Vallero’s AT-6F Texan (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warbird-Rides-USA/180169395331362?v=info) in it’s activities on a regular basis. We encourage you to visit the museum during regular open hours of Friday-Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, and contact Kevin and Greg for your flight in these beautifully restored 1940s era aircraft.
For a posting on the Metro site, please visit http://www.nextstopstl.org/7145/.
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Ms Rose Church, “Flight Nurse to the Astronauts” at McDonnell Aircraft during the Mercury and Gemini space programs, received Life Membership in the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum today. Members of the museum Board of Directors hosted Ms Church at a luncheon and visited the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) Prologue Room Museum near Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Life Membership was bestowed in recognition of her generosity to the museum, including the donation of an extensive space program artifact exhibit. The Museum is very grateful to Rose Church and the other Life Members who have contributed greatly to the success of the museum.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum is building a mutually positive relationship with the nearby St. Louis Science Center. The two organizations have worked together in the past, with the Science Center previously exhibiting space memorabilia from the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum’s premier Mercury and Gemini space program artifact collection, and currently displays models provided by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum (previously named St. Louis Aviation Museum) in its Flight! gallery. Both museums exchange marketing materials to increase awareness of each other’s programs and events, and each will continue to work together to promote Midwest aerospace history and future development. Please regularly visit this site, The St. Louis Science Center at http://www.slsc.org/Home.aspx and The Aero Experience aerospace media site http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/ for future features.