Museum Featured in Several Articles By St. Louis Beacon

The St. Louis Beacon, a non-profit news organization founded by veteran journalists in Spring 2008, has featured the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum several times in recent weeks.  An in-depth article about the new Amelia Earhart exhibit on loan from the St. Louis chapter of the 99′s was very well written, and gave much media space to the museum.  Other slide shows featuring museum displays were released shortly thereafter – see links below.  The museum wishes to thank Mary Delach Leonard for her excellent work!!/content/25828/earhart_museum_display_062912?coverpage=1155!/content/25827/air_museum_slideshow_062912?coverpage=1166!/content/25913/best_of_beacon_for_week_of_july_2?coverpage=1178

Museum Will Be Open July 3 and July 4

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm July 3 and July 4 in commemoration of Independence Day.  St. Louis Downtown Airport will be a busy place this week, hosting the Fair St. Louis air show performers.  Make the museum part of your Inependence Day celebration!

Museum Members to Particpate in Missouri Aviation Historical Society Lambert Airport History Project

Members of the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will participate in a newly-formed project organized by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society to write an authoritative history of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  Noted aviation historian Fred Roos, museum curator Jack Abercrombie, and board members Mike Burke, Trent Duff, Carmelo Turdo and Mark Nankivil will join fellow researchers from across the St. Louis area and beyond in this multi-year effort.  The project will be led by Dr. Daniel Rust of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and assisted by Mr. Alan Hoffman, a Partner at the Husch Blackwell law firm in Clayton, MO.  Anyone willing to join in this exciting endeavor, please contact Dan O’Hara, President of the Missouri Aviation Historical Society, at

Museum Sponsors Speed Record Attempt During St. Louis Independence Day Activities

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, along with the 26th Flight of the Order of Daedalians and EAA Chapter 64, are sponsoring a speed record attempt by Mr. Brian “Brain” Kissinger in his Sonerai aircraft during the St. Louis area Independence Day celebration.  Kissinger, a two-time brain cancer survivor and member of EAA Chapter 64, is dedicating the proceeds from this flight to assist homeless veterans in the East St. Louis area.  Please visit and for details of the flight.

Museum Hosts Southern Illinois University Carbondale NASA Wings Camp Participants

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum again hosted Southern Illinois University Carbondale NASA Wings Camp participants today as they toured area aviation museums in four new Cessna 172s owned by the university.  NASA Wings, sponsored by NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation Office and hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is a week-long camp designed to give interested high school students an opportunity to learn more about how space communication and navigation systems impact and benefit aviation.  The current session runs from June 24-29, 2012.  The students learned about St. Louis area aerospace history in the museum’s indoor galleries and toured historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 with its various aircraft, engine and flight trainer displays.  The museum will continue to support this activity as part of its mission to participate in educational programs to foster the spirit of flight in today’s youth and in future generations.














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Museum Treasurer Honored by 99s for Work With Wings of Hope

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Treasurer Jean Murry will receive the Achievement for Humanitarian Efforts award from the 99s, a women’s aviation  group founded by Amelia Earhart, at the July international convention in Providence, R.I.  Besides working with the museum, Jean volunteers with the St. Louis 99s, Wings of Hope, and St, Luke’s Hospital.  The museum extends our congratulations to Jean, and wish her many more years of service to these worthy causes.

Please read the full article announcing the award:

EAA Chapter 64 and Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Host Tuskegee Airman and Youth for Flights

EAA Chapter 64 and the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted about 50 teenagers and adults this weekend to introduce them to the joy of flight.  The group is associated with the Tuskegee Airmen, and special guest Dr. Granville C. Coggs from the San Antonio Chapter flew with Mr. Joe Wapelhorst in his T-34 Mentor.  The 86 year-old Tuskegee Airman aerial gunner, bombardier and B-25 pilot, radiologist, inventor, athlete, and singer among other vocations, enjoyed his flight along with the youth.  A variety of aircraft were used along with the Beechcraft T-34, including a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 172s, and Piper Saratoga.  Special thanks to St. Louis Downtown Airport management and Tuskegee Airmen organizers who arranged for participation in this activity.



Group of Retired McDonnell Aircraft Employees Visits Museum

A group of about 60 retired McDonnell Aircraft/McDonnell Douglas employees visited the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Musuem last week following their monthly luncheon.  Many worked on the Mercury and Gemini space programs, while others worked on missiles and military aircraft made at McDonnell Aircraft and later McDonnell Douglas throughout the Cold War era.  The museum has a significant collection of Mercury and Gemini program artifacts, and also features McDonnell fighter aircraft such as the F-4 Phantom II in its exhibits.  The museum congratulated the group of accomplished aerospace workers, and presented a personal greeting sent by astronaut John Glenn, third Mercury astronaut and first American to orbit the earth.  In the future, the museum will interview several in attendance that day for its oral history program.  Among the guests were Norman Beckel, group organizer; Rose Church, McDonnell flight nurse to the astronauts; Joe Dobronski, McDonnell test pilot.

McDonnell Aircraft retirees visit the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum















Group organizer Norman Beckel reads the greeting from astronaut John Glenn




















Norman Beckel and Rose Church react to the John Glenn letter



















EAA Chapter 64 and Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Host Successful Fly-In

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 hosted a successful open house and fly-in Saturday at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2, St. Louis Downtown Airport.  Visitors toured the museum’s aerospace history galleries and viewed the aircraft parked in the hangar and on the adjacent ramp.  The F-4 Phantom II fighter jet cockpit and child moving flight simulator were popular, and the pancake breakfast and burger/brat lunch kept everyone satisfied throughout the hot day.  Special thanks to all of those who flew in from other home airports to visit with us and show off your aircraft.  Another fly-in is being planned for the fall, so look for further details in September.

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 Open House/Fly-In June 16

June 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm , St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS)

Have a pancake breakfast and burger/brat lunch

View the Museum’s historic aircraft and early aviation exhibits

Small children can fly in their own flight simulator!

Ride in a 1941 Waco biplane!

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