Ms Rose Church, “Flight Nurse to the Astronauts” at McDonnell Aircraft during the Mercury and Gemini space programs, received Life Membership in the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum today. Members of the museum Board of Directors hosted Ms Church at a luncheon and visited the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) Prologue Room Museum near Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Life Membership was bestowed in recognition of her generosity to the museum, including the donation of an extensive space program artifact exhibit. The Museum is very grateful to Rose Church and the other Life Members who have contributed greatly to the success of the museum.
Display items from the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum are presently featured in the Tuskegee Airmen art exhibit at the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation now through November, 2012. Large models of a P-40 Warhawk and B-25 Mitchell, aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in combat, along with pilot flight gear, are on loan for the exhibit. The exhibit honors the service of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous “Red Tails” of World War II. The artist, Mr. William Curtis, was on hand to explain the images on the various panels that tell the story of the African-American 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group. In addition to the art exhibit, memorabilia from Mr. Myron Lane was on display. The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum also has items on loan from Mr. Lane in a special exhibit.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has received a GAT-II multifunctional flight trainer donated by the St. Louis Science Center that simulates basic flight, instrument navigation, and spatial disorientation for student pilots. The base of the trainer supports three-axis motion in coordination with pilot input and instrument readings in the cockpit. The museum already has a reputation for restoring the previous generation of LINK Trainers to working condition, and will employ this trainer in cooperation with Parks College of St. Louis University and other organizations in the near future.
Exciting things are happening at St. Louis Downtown Airport, home of the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and a new attraction – Kevin Kegin’s 1941 Waco UPF-7 biplane. Kevin and the museum are teaming up to invite you to take a flight in his beautiful Waco. There’s nothing like a tour of the St. Louis riverfront in an open cockpit biplane, gently banking for a closer look at the Mississippi River and surrounding areas. Contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org for your reservation. While you are at the airport, visit the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Here are some scenes from a recent flight in the Waco: