Monthly Archives: December 2011

Red Tails Movie a Hit With Museum Vice President

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum 1st Vice President, Rick Rehg, screened the yet to be released movie Red Tails and gave his review this week.  

“Red Tails is a wonderful film and I give it a superior rating.  It is a very action packed film about the Tuskegee Airmen. I researched the history of the 332nd Fighter Group and found that the film is historically accurate. These airmen gave it there all and truly proved themselves in combat as the best possible reply to racism. They faced the best of the German Luftwaffe, including the German Me 262 jets. George Lucas, the executive producer, celebrates the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen by putting his own money and team behind the making of this film because he believed in their story.  

“It is an important film about American History. This movie puts you in the cockpit and will have your heart pounding as you face Germany’s best fighter Aces. It even has some romance, with a sad ending as one of the pilots does not make it back from a mission. I think this movie will inspire and illustrate how talented and brave the Tuskegee Airmen were in the face of a fierce enemy. The movie never drags and will keep you wide awake with 1/2 of the film time in virtual combat flying. This is a story that should have been presented to the American public 65 years ago. Thanks to George Lucas for creating a film now that will engage and excite people of all ages.”

Red Tails Movie Trailer

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Builds Relationship With St. Louis Science Center

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 and The Aero Experience aerospace media site for future features.


Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Displays Newest Attraction

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is sprucing up its hangar to accommodate its newest display – an F-4 Phantom II cockpit restored by Joe Steimann.  The aircraft cockpit, originally from a McDonnell Douglas F-4F stricken from the German Air Force after an accident, is now in the colors of the MO ANG 131st TFW formerly based in St. Louis.  Other aircraft on display include a BD-5, 1941 Meyers OTW previously owned by Nikki Caplan, Pietenpole Air Camper as well as several sailplanes and missiles. 

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to visit the museum at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2, St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL.   

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Receives Restored F-4 Phantom Cockpit on Loan

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has received a restored F-4 Phantom II cockpit on loan through the spring of 2012.  The owner, Joe Steimann, restored the cockpit and nose section of the aircraft to resemble F-4E s/n. 68-0338 flown by the 131st TFW,  Missouri Air National Guard, formerly based in St. Louis.  The cockpit is actually from a German F-4F that was damaged in an engine fire, and after being used as a trainer was destined to be scrapped.  Steimann purchased the remnants of the cockpit and restored it.  The cockpit can be seen at airshows and corporate events during the airshow season, but you can see it now at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  For more information about the museum, please visit

Owner Joe Steimann poses with the F-4 cockpit before restoration

F-4 cockpit arrives at the Museum's Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2

Closer view of the restored F-4 cockpit at the Museum

F-4 cockpit exhibit is now in the Museum's hangar

Please Consider a Year-End Tax-Deductible Donation to Support the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

It’s that time of year – time to consider year-end tax-deductible donations to trim your taxable income before January rolls around.  Please consider making a generous contribution to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and join the ranks of many who believe in the museum’s mission of preserving St. Louis area aerospace artifacts and providing education outreach to the next generation.  Help the museum maintain and improve historic 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2, refurbish artifacts, acquire display cases, and engage in community activities that prepare today’s youth for aerospace careers.  Please visit to make a donation or become a member today!