Monthly Archives: July 2012

St. Louis Aviation Community Mourns the Loss of Delia Greer, Dear Lady of the Skies

Delia Greer (left) and Jean Murry

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Delia Greer on Monday, 23 July, 2012, in her home.  Delia was not known to have any medical issues so her death is quite unexpected. Delia had been a member of the Ninety-Nines for nearly 30 years and was quite active in local Ninety-Nine events.  She had been a volunteer at Wings of Hope since 1999 and had participated in several missions to post-Katrina New Orleans as well as to Haiti and to Central and South America.  Also, at Wings of Hope, she was the chief flight nurse of the Medical Air Transport that transports patients to medical facilities throughout the Midwest.  Two weeks ago at the Ninety-Nines International Annual Conference in Providence, RI, Delia Greer and Jean Murry received the Ninety Nines Award for Humanitarian Service for their work with Wings of Hope.  Delia was also a member of the Commemorative Air Force at St. Charles County Airport (Smartt Field), the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and the Gateway Chapter of Missouri Pilots Association.
Libby Yunger, Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Ninety-Nines
(photo courtesy of Ladue News)

EAA Chapter 64 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum to Hold Fall Fly-In October 6

Museum Receives Donation of Aircraft Models and Memorabilia

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum received a generous donation of aircraft models, plastic and wood, along with aviation memorabilia from area architect and World War II veteran Mr. Bill Duncan.  Aviation was an early influence on young Bill, with aircraft often flying low over his house in Zanesville, Ohio.  He and a neighbor friend bought 5-cent balsa models, built them, and sold them in a local store for 15 cents.  “I thought I was pretty rich,” he said.  He enlisted in the Navy during the war years, having known “Butch” O’Hare.  The Navy did not accept him due to dental issues, so he went to the Army who did take him in and he was off to flight school in 1943.  He was 20 years old in 1944 when he graduated flight school.  He served in the Training Command in Hondo, Texas flying navigator trainees in Beech AT-7 Navigators.  After the war years, Mr. Duncan went on to become an architect, working on large projects around the world.  Even though he did not keep up with flying, he continued to construct models and take flights with friends on occasion.

The museum appreciates the donation of Mr. Duncan’s aircraft models and memorabilia, and they will soon be incorporated into the museum’s displays.  Mr. Duncan is pictured below (right) with museum Curator, Jack Abercrombie.



Museum Featured in Several Articles By St. Louis Beacon

The St. Louis Beacon, a non-profit news organization founded by veteran journalists in Spring 2008, has featured the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum several times in recent weeks.  An in-depth article about the new Amelia Earhart exhibit on loan from the St. Louis chapter of the 99′s was very well written, and gave much media space to the museum.  Other slide shows featuring museum displays were released shortly thereafter – see links below.  The museum wishes to thank Mary Delach Leonard for her excellent work!!/content/25828/earhart_museum_display_062912?coverpage=1155!/content/25827/air_museum_slideshow_062912?coverpage=1166!/content/25913/best_of_beacon_for_week_of_july_2?coverpage=1178

Museum Will Be Open July 3 and July 4

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm July 3 and July 4 in commemoration of Independence Day.  St. Louis Downtown Airport will be a busy place this week, hosting the Fair St. Louis air show performers.  Make the museum part of your Inependence Day celebration!