Monthly Archives: May 2012

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 Open House/Fly-In June 16

June 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm , St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS)

Have a pancake breakfast and burger/brat lunch

View the Museum’s historic aircraft and early aviation exhibits

Small children can fly in their own flight simulator!

Ride in a 1941 Waco biplane!

Contact info@airandspacemuseum.org for more information

Museum Receives Two Historically Significant Sailplanes for Display

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum received two historically significant sailplanes for future display in the museum’s hisoric 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL.  Generously donated by Carol Bell, the aircraft have found a home at the museum where they will be displayed and documented as well as restored as necessary.  The aircraft are a 1943 Laister-Kauffman LK-10A and a 1982 Hickman-Bell Briegleb BG-6, which were towed in on their custom trailers today and will be available for viewing in the hangar during the upcoming open house and fly-in June 16.

Visit the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum on the Lindbergh Flight Anniversary Weekend

May 20-21 will be the 85th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight.  Get a head start on commemorating the flight by visiting the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, home of Lindbergh memorabilia and reproduction Spirit of St. Louis cockpit.  During your visit, you can view a hand-written letter from Lindbergh to Major C. Ray Wassall, an autographed book, sculpture of Charles and Ann Morrow Lindbergh, U.S. tour map and promotional materials and examine the Spirit of St. Louis cockpit.  Here is a preview of what you will experience:

Museum Curator Writes Definitive Article on Historic Kinloch Field

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Curator, Jack Abercrombie, has written another blockbuster article on early St. Louis aviation history – this one focusing on historic Kinloch Field formerly located in what is now St. Louis County.  The site remains unmarked, and this article has sparked interest in a remedy for that situation.  The article will soon be published on the museum web site in the Education/Published Articles section.  The abstract below gives a tantalizing peek into the 49-page work:

“Only a year after St. Louis saw its first flying machine, the Aero Club of St. Louis developed one of the finest flying fields in the country. An old horse racetrack and surrounding meadows and farmlands in northwest St. Louis County, Missouri were transformed into a home for three flight training schools, a flight test facility for checking out newly designed and built aircraft, and flight exhibition teams which gave thrilling flight demonstrations to various locations around the country.  Kinloch Flying Field held two large air meets and many smaller gatherings. New aviation records were set, and, for the first time, a former President of the United States flew above cheering crowds.

“For a number of reasons, the aerodrome closed less than two and a half years after an aeroplane first lifted off its grounds. One hundred years ago, 1912, was the last year of operation.  The Kinloch Field within the northwest quadrant of the intersecting Graham and Frost Roads, now within the limits of the City of Berkeley, Missouri, has long been covered over with streets, parking lots, and warehouses—all but forgotten.  This article traces the history of this remarkable airport.”

Museum Featured on New iPhone/iPad App: Aviation Museums U.S.A. & Canada

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum is included in the new iPhone/iPad app: Aviation Museums U.S.A. and Canada.  Now for just $.99 you can search North America for aviation museums, and find the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum among its peers.  To purchase this app, please visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aviation-museums-u.s.a.-canada/id518586910?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo=2.  Here are some screen shots of the app: