Monthly Archives: January 2012

Museum Visitor Raves About Experience, Writes Open Letter of Appreciation

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum After the Snowfall, Jan. 14, 2012

The following includes excerpts from a letter written to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum from visitor, Rick Bates:

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Dear Mr. Turdo, Rehg and Abercrombie,
What a Good Day it was, to finally get to go to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, and I knew that it would be worth a second attempt to go, and it was worth every second… Every question that you answered carried an additional few to a 1/2 a dozen more points that took my response into a the “Oh Wow Category”, which made a bit of a challenge to grasp it all.  You see when the first 3 or 4 of your points are so fascinating, it made it hard for my ears to hear with a mind that was put in “Awe” and busy processing and appreciating at the speed of your sound…
To meet a Steward or Guide at any Museum, is the best, because you get the story behind the tangible evidence and remnants of “Pinnacle Moments in Time and History” that hold the fabrics of the Character Traits, Life’s Work and Accomplishments left behind by “The People that Lived it, Made it Possible, and then Left it here for us to see, learn from and appreciate, for what it was, and what it helped to accomplish”.  But to have the Good Fortune of Meeting 3 of the key people who were so willing to share their knowledge and insight, and discuss at any length and detail, any question that you may have about anything in that “Historic Hanger Number 2 Museum”, well for me, that was just pretty cool, and more than I could have imagined. 
 If you need a “Hat’s off” recommendation that may help sway a potential future sponsor your way, regarding your Customer Service or Interpersonal Skills, or Your Ability to Present and PROPERLY HOST AND SERVE the best interests of THE MUSEUM WHICH THEY ARE GOING TO HELP FUND, please feel free to show them this letter…
I hope everybody that flies into the St Louis Downtown Airport, gets a chance to see the history that are working to preserve, and that they pass it along to inspire every person of weight with an ability to help you accomplish it, to a standard that would honor all of those who created, and placed that history, in your care. 
Thanks for the first part of the tour,  Carmelo and Rick, and it was a pleasure meeting you as well Mr. and Mrs. Abercrombie.
Rickey Bates

Support the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum In the Monsanto Grow St. Louis Contest

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.

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Resides in One of TWO Viable 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangars

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: 

A C-47 low pass in front of Curtiss-Wright hangars 1, 2, and 3 in 1946 (Parks College archives)


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: - Support Us tab.