The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has begun in earnest to do some “Spring Cleaning” and start on some new projects that will improve the visitor experience. The museum is preparing for the upcoming Midwest Airport Fun Days event planned for June 7-8 by arranging some of the aircraft in their historic 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 for easier viewing. Space is also being made in the hangar for the arrival of a Pietenpol Air Camper, an aircraft being restored by neighboring EAA Chapter 64, due to arrive in the coming weeks. At the same time, the museum’s vintage Laister-Kauffman LK-10 USAAF training glider will be moved from one hangar bay to another as preparations are made for its restoration and future display. A team of specialists continues to work on the museum’s Lockheed Jetstar aircraft, providing electrical power and improved ventilation of the classic executive jet. Much more is planned for the coming year, and the museum welcomes new members who share a desire to bring aviation history to our community. Work on the LK-10 glider was performed just outside the museum’s hangar recently:
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted another group of Boy Scouts as they took their Young Eagle Flights Saturday at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The flights were conducted by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64 air and ground crews, including pilots Jim Thurman, Woody Gray and Bob McDaniel. In all, 16 Boy Scouts were flown in the three aircraft starting at 10am as the cloud ceiling slowly lifted over the St. Louis area. During their visit, the Boy Scouts toured the museum, including the inside of the Lockheed Jetstar aircraft on display. Another series of flights for other Boy Scout troops will be held in April, and flights will be offered to the general public at Midwest Airport Fun Days to be held June 7-8.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted about 70 Cub Scouts Saturday at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The museum periodically assists local Scout troops with activities that contribute towards the requirements of the Aviation Merit Badge, and EAA Chapter 64 provides Young Eagle flights and ramp safety. The overcast weather conditions kept the aircraft on the ground this weekend, but the Scouts toured the museum and flew aircraft they made to demonstrate aerodynamics in action. The Scouts will return in the spring to take their Young Eagle flights. (Photos courtesy of museum Curator, Mike Burke).