The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted several hundred Boy Scouts from local troops Saturday during the annual Scout Aviation Day event. The Scout leaders organized their Scouts into three sessions, each with three groups rotating between the Museum, nearby Parks College flight training facility and the west ramp at Ideal Aviation for orientation flights. Many of the requirements for the Aviation Merit Badge were accomplished during the visit, which also included a presentation by U.S. Air Force personnel from Scott AFB, although all but 2 of the flights were cancelled due to low clouds and strong winds. Groups from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Aviation Explorers, schools and other youth groups are invited to experience the Museum during business hours (Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm) or by appointment.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum participated in “Aviation Day” at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium of the St. Louis Science Center Saturday. The Museum brought it’s BD-5 aircraft for display and set up an F-4 Phantom II cockpit just outside of the Planetarium lobby. ”Aviation Day,” an event to promote aviation in St. Louis and the premier of the IMAX movie, Air Racers, was well-received by local visitors and included booths staffed by organizations representing the St. Louis aviation community. Steven Hinton, Jr., Reno air racing champion with Team Strega, was also on hand and posed near the Museum’s BD-5. Here are some views from the event: