The following includes excerpts from a letter written to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum from visitor, Rick Bates:
Support the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum in the Monsanto Grow St. Louis contest. Please vote daily and get your friends to also vote to help the museum gain some much-needed funding for its continued operation as the only air and space museum in the area. Here is the description from the Monsanto Grow St. Louis site:
The second round of the Grow St. Louis contest has begun! Tell us what your favorite non-profit organization could do with some prize money — and then in January, we’ll start voting for the winners.
What is Grow St. Louis?
Monsanto has pledged to help St. Louis grow by awarding $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 awards to local projects.
The second round of the contest has kicked off. The nominations are in, and we’ll start the voting on January 9, 2012. From January 9 – 29 to vote for your favorite eligible submission. Voting will be open to the public, so don’t forget to tell your friends about it. (Note: For this round of the contest, daily votes will be limited to one vote per person.)
Be sure you don’t miss a date by liking STLGROWN on Facebook and following #STLGROWN on Twitter. We’ll be announcing all phases of the contest – as well as featuring eligible submissions throughout the contest.
Based on the top vote-getters, awards in the amount of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 will go to the top three project winners, respectively.
To learn more about submissions and timing, view our official contest rules and regulations.
1929 Curtiss-Wright hangars were once scattered about the U.S. at most major airports where Curtiss-Wright did business. With time and aviation industry consolidation taking their toll on nearly all of these facilities, only a few remain in any condition. We in the St. Louis area are very fortunate to have TWO of these magnificent historic landmarks not only still standing, but functional and occupied by viable entities at St. Louis Downtown Airport: Ozark Air Services in Hangar 1 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64 and the Gateway Area Ultralight Association in Hangar 2. Two other Curtiss-Wright hangars exist, one in South Carolina in very poor condition and another in “storage” in Oklahoma, planned for rebuilding at Wiley Post Airport at later date. Restorations of the South Carolina and Oklahoma hangars will cost millions of dollars. Curtiss-Wright Hangars 1 and 2 are pictured below:
|Hangar 1 Curtiss-Wright Logo|
|Hangar 2 Curtiss-Wright Logo|
|Hangars 1 and 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, Cahokia, IL|
|Hangar 1 Now Used by Ozark Air Services|
|Hangar 2 Houses the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum|
|Hangar 2 During EAA 64 Ford Trimotor Event (Mark Nankivil photo)|
The two hangars in the St. Louis area are showing their age, and also need funds for repairs and modernization. You can help preserve these registered historic buildings and a living aviation history by giving generously to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum building fund at: http://airandspacemuseum.org/ - Support Us tab.