VW Car Club Makes Stop at Museum During Local Driving Tour

Nine cars from the local VW car club arrived today at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum as part of their Saturday driving tour.  The club members are always looking for interesting places to visit, and cars and airplanes go well together.  The cars arrived at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport around 2:00pm and received a guided tour of the aircraft and memorabilia in the museum as well as the  Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Howard Hughes.  The museum welcomes groups of all types during its hours of operation – Friday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm.  The museum will also host an open house and fly-in October 6 – everyone is welcome!

 

Museum Exhibit at Scott AFB Airshow Popular With Visitors

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum exhibit, featuring the BD-5 Microjet painted in Air National Guard colors, was well received at “Airpower Over the Midwest” at Scott AFB today.  Thousands of visitors stopped by to examine the aircraft and receive an invitation to the Fall Fly-In scheduled for October 6.  The exhibit will be available again Sunday during the second day of the airshow.  For more information about the museum and upcoming events, please visit airandspacemuseum.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum Participates in St. Louis Veterans Festival at Forest Park

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum joined with the St. Louis community in paying tribute to veterans of the armed services at the Veterans Festival held in nearby Forest Park in St. Louis.  The museum brought in its BD-5 painted to represent the 126th Air Refueling Wing, based at Scott AFB in Mascoutah, IL.  Hundreds of visitors stopped by the museum’s display and all were invited to the upcoming Open House and Fly-In sponsored by the museum and EAA Chapter 64 on October 6.  Other participants included an IL Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, EAA Chapter 32 from St. Charles, MO, Operation Homefront, and many others.  Be sure to visit the museum’s display at the Scott AFB Airpower Over the Midwest airshow, September 15-16.

Rose Church, Flight Nurse to the Astronauts, Receives Life Membership at Museum

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.

Ms Rose Church receives Life Membership (also pictured, friend Frederick Wear)

Museum Contributes to Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit at Jefferson Barracks, Hosts Own Display

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.

 

Museum Receives GAT-II Multifunctional Flight Trainer

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Flight In a 1941 Waco Biplane on Your Next Visit to the Museum

 

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 kevin@americanwarbird.com 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:

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.