The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum’s library is being renovated by hard-working volunteers, thanks to a generous donation of shelving by Barnes and Noble. Museum members are installing the newly-acquired shelving units and arranging thousands of volumes of aerospace books and technical materials. Future plans include the installation of additional shelves in the periodical and multimedia rooms of the library, and the introduction of a digital archive research center within the library suite. Recent donations of archives from Parks College of St. Louis University, as well as from prominent individuals in the aerospace field, have greatly expanded the printed and digital archive collection soon to be available for education and research purposes. “The museum is well on its way to becoming a premier archive and research center for St. Louis area aviation history,” said Carmelo Turdo, museum Board Member and 2nd Vice President. “We will work tirelessly to make the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum a hub of aeronautical knowledge and activity to educate and inspire current and future generations. St. Louis has a rich aerospace history, and we believe a bright future as well.”
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, received a Spirit of St. Louis cockpit exhibit on loan from the Missouri Historical Society this week. The cockpit was part of the Lindbergh collection at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, and the loan will keep it in the public eye while the Missouri Historical Society renovates its Lindbergh exhibit. It was constructed by Parks College of Engineering and Aviation of St. Louis University, whose fleet of training aircraft is located near the new display site.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has the privilege of residing in historic 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The building needs constant care to remain a viable museum space, and recent improvements are going a long way to make the facility more functional and comfortable for all visitors. Recent and on-going projects include arranging exhibits according to progressive historic time periods, renovating the lobby and gift shop, installing new book shelves, ceiling tiles and furniture in the library, and repositioning lighting fixtures in the main-level meeting room. The influx of many new artifacts has also given new urgency to streamlining the hangar arrangement, with greater use of available space for our visitors. The museum would like to thank Barnes and Noble for their recent donation of a large amount of bookshelves and furniture, and the members of the museum, EAA 64 and Gateway Area Ultralight Association for their assistance in making these improvements possible. Please consider making a generous donation to the museum’s building fund by clicking on the Support Us tab.
Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum member Jerry Kaemmer flew a group of youth and adults recently, giving them a first-hand view of St. Louis aviation from a Cessna 172R Skyhawk. In between flights, the young visitors toured the museum and ”flew” the flight simulator recently donated by the nearby Washington School District and specially designed for children. The museum will build upon this early 2012 flight event by hosting a larger group March 24 and on future dates. Check the Events Calendar for more museum events throughout 2012.