Monthly Archives: September 2014

Museum Promotes Aviation Heritage With Display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Anyone traveling through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recently may have seen an exhibit by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum next to Baggage Carousel 1.  The Museum has been given the use of two Community Group Windows there for three months beginning July 15.  Tom Ahillen, Doug Bent, and Jack Abercrombie transported some of our exhibits to Lambert on the start date and began setting up the display, although several other people were involved in the planning of the layout and the selection of materials.

The display is a great opportunity for exposing the museum to potential visitors, so we wanted to make our display as eye-catching as possible.  So we started with some of the TWA and Ozark stewardess outfits.  Then we added samples of items from various areas of the museum’s holdings that would keep viewers interested.  The total length of the display area is sixty feet, and the case extends about five feet deep behind the windows.  Our items are arranged in generally chronological order from left to right.

We have received good feedback from the people on the airport Public Relations staff.   Several visitors have come to the museum because they saw the exhibit, so it appears to be  accomplishing our goal, too.  This has been a learning experience, since we had not previously attempted a display of this size off-site for this kind of an audience.  But the location and the impression given by the display appear to go together well. 

Thanks especially to Doug Bent for helping setup and donating a mannequin, Joe Gutknecht for making the signs and helping with the layout, Jack Abercrombie for lending us the 1923 aviation map for display, our Curator Mike Burke  and to all the others who aided getting this display together.

Gateway Eagles Youth Aviation Day Provides Flight Experience Over St. Louis

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum hosted the 20th Annual Gateway Eagles Youth Aviation Day on Saturday, September 13th at the Museum’s location at St. Louis-Downtown Airport (CPS) in Cahokia, Illinois.  The weather was excellent and with the fine organizational efforts of the Gateway Eagles, 116 children from 8 to 17 years of age flew, many for the first time, through the EAA Young Eagles flight program.

The Young Eagles program was developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1992 with the intent of providing a flight experience to kids who might not otherwise be exposed to aviation and the joys of flying.  Over 1.8 million kids have taken their free introductory flight through local EAA Chapters and groups like the Gateway Eagles.  More information on the program is available at: EAA Young Eagles Program.

Gateway Eagles members provided their own aircraft, and along with the assistance of Southern Illinois University aircraft and pilots from both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, the flying was completed by mid afternoon.  One of the great benefits of flying out of St. Louis-Downtown Airport is that the flight route takes the kids along the St. Louis riverfront, and for many it’s a different and exciting view of the Arch, Busch Stadium and the St. Louis skyline.

The Gateway Eagles reach out to various youth groups to bring a variety of kids together for their Young Eagles flights.  One group of students came all the way from St. Clair, MO to take their Young Eagle flights.  The Gateway Eagles also set up an impressive set of activities for participants to do while waiting for their flight.  The Airport’s Fire Department set up their Emergency Response vehicle for everyone to check out, and the crew   demonstrated the reach of the vehicle’s water nozzles.  Food was also available for attendees, and there were raffle prizes as well.  Those not flying toured the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and participated in related activities.

The Gateway Eagles would like to say thank you to the following for their help and support of the event:

The Corvette Club of St.Louis

SIU Carbondale
SIU Edwardsville
Kansas City Chapter, Black Pilot’s Association
Airport Fire Department
Airport Control Tower Staff
Greater St. Louis Air and Space MuseumFor more information on this great group, or to join them for future events, visit their website at: Gateway Eagles.

Here are some scenes from the great day of flying: