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Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Is Active Community Resource

GREATER ST. LOUIS AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

Prepared by Jack Abercrombie, Curator Emeritus 

MISSION: SERVE the PUBLIC through PRESERVATION and DISPLAY of HISTORIC AIR & SPACE ARTIFACTS and EDUCATION PROGRAMS to FOSTER the SPIRIT of FLIGHT in TODAY’S YOUTH and in FUTURE GENERATIONS.

 RECENT CELEBRATIONS

  • Birthday Celebration—102 Years—for “Chub” Wheeler—Museum Founder, Pilot, Flight Instructor.
  • Restoration and Public Unveiling of 67 Year-Old McDonnell XP-85 “Goblin” Wind Tunnel Test Model.
  • Restoration and Public Unveiling of Mr. McDonnell’s Factory Golf Cart (used to transport President Kennedy during his 1962 visit to the McDonnell factory)—Restored with the help of a Boeing Employee Community Fund (ECF) Grant.
  • Independence Day week with the EAA AirVenture B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”—The Museum Assisted the Local EAA Chapter 64 in the Celebration.
  • Fly-In and Open House.
  • Participation in the Retirement Party for Airport Director, Bob McDaniel, After 13 Years on the Job.   (Welcome to the new Director, Erick Dahl, was part of the program).

 COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

  • Participated in “Careers on the Move” at Mudd Elementary   School in O’Fallon, MO.
  • Participated in Cessna Aircraft Demo Day at Air Associates of Missouri, Spirit Airport.
  • Hosted StL Biplane Rides in a 1941 Open Cockpit Waco Biplane.
  • Co-Hosted the Youth Gateway to Aviation Day Sponsored by EAA Chapter 64, Parks College,  Wicks Aircraft and Motor Sports, etc.
  • Co-Hosted Several Hundred Local Boy Scouts During the Scout Aviation Day in Cooperation with Parks College and Ideal Aviation.
  • Participated in Aviation Day at the St. Louis Science Center.
  • Participated in Midwest Aviation and Conference and Trade Show (MACTS) in Maryland Heights, MO.
  • Co-Hosted “Young Eagles” Flights in Cooperation with EAA Chapter 64.
  • Hosted Several Local Elementary and Middle School Student Group Visits.
  • Hosted Two McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Retiree Group Visits.
  • Co-Hosted a Benefit Event in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Fisher House in Cooperation with Brian Kissinger Ministries and EAA Chapter 64.
  • Supported the Visit of the EAA Ford Trimotor Visit to Downtown Airport.
  • Provided Traveling Exhibit for the Missouri Pilots Association 60th Anniversary Convention in Booneville, MO.
  • Provided Traveling Exhibit for the IPMS Model Show.
  • Provided Traveling Exhibit for the Airport Open House at Vance Airport in Fredericktown, MO.
  • Participated in the Missouri Aviation Historical Society (MoAHS)—Programs, Research, Images from Museum Archives.
  • Performed Research for the MoAHS Lambert Field History Project (for a book to be published celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lambert Field).
  • New/Continuing Loans of Artifacts to Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Science Center,  Southwestern Illinois Community College,  Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis Aerospace Institute.
  • Speakers Provided for Boeing Employee Flying Club, a McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Retiree Group, and other organizations.
  • Participated in Aviation Roundtable in Columbia, MO.

 AWARDS/HONORS

  • Received Grant from Ameren Illinois–$15,000 for Computing Software/Hardware to be used for Archive Cataloging.
  • Received Civic Service Award from the AIAA St. Louis Section.

RESTORATION PROGRESS

  • Full Restoration completed on both Link Trainers—one from the World War 2 era and one from the Cold War era.  Work Performed by Volunteer Effort led by Doug Bent and Mike Scruggs.
  • Mr. McDonnell’s Golf Cart (used to transport President Kennedy around the factory in 1962) Fully Restored with the Help of a $4700 Grant from the Boeing ECF Fund with Work Performed by North Town Auto Body with the Assistance of Master Auto Care, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Village Locksmith, all in Collinsville, IL.
  • The 1946 McDonnell “Goblin” XP-85 Wind Tunnel Model was Restored by Volunteer Greg Downen.
  • Plans Being Formulated for the Cosmetic Restoration of the Lockheed “JetStar” and the Stinson “Reliant.”
  • Plans in Work for Restoration of the Meyers “OTW” 1941 Biplane.
  • Bi-State Performed a Structural Assessment of the Historic Hangar 2.

 MAJOR ARTIFACT DONATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Colonel Schrecengest Collection of Art Work Depicting the  RF-101 “Voodoo” Record Setting “Operation Sun Run” of 1957.   Donors—Ed and Cynthia nee Schrecengest Miller.
  • Art Davies, Jr. Collection of Photos, Models, and Other Museum and McDonnell Aircraft Memorabilia.  Donor—Mary Davies.
  • Scrapbook with Astronaut Autographs plus those of other NASA and McDonnell      Officials.  Donor—Rose Church, “Nurse of the Astronauts.” (Actually occurred  late October 2012—just five days before her death).
  • Stinson Reliant, 1943 V-77 (non-flyable).  Donor—Family of John Johnson, well known aviator of southern Illinois and the St. Louis region.
  • A. Paul  Vance Collection of Photographs, Models, etc.  Donor—Family of A. Paul Vance,  Navy Aviator, Monsanto Corporate Pilot, as well as many other achievements.  (Actually occurred December 2012).
  • Photograph      Collection (More than 160) of Dave Ostrowski.  (Actually occurred December 2012).
  • F-4 Phantom History Manuscript. Donor/Author—Bill Elmore.
  • Miscellaneous Items from many individual donors including the Museum of Transportation, Jefferson Barracks, Lambert Airport, etc.

 RESEARCH: 

  • Historic Aviation Fields (Shiloh, Kinloch, Washington Park, Broadway, Kratz).
  • Parks College World  War 2 History.
  • Lambert Field.
  • Local Historic Aviators.

LIBRARY COLLECTION:  The Museum’s collections are comprised of approximately 200,000 objects, artifacts, art, photographs, research materials and memorabilia. The collections now include 150,000 slides, negatives and photos with the recent acquisition of the Robert Burgess collection (85,000 slides, negatives and prints and another 1,000 books and periodicals) and previous acquisitions such as the F-4 Phantom II Society archives and the William Peake and A. Paul Vance collections. In addition, the Museum has more than 4,000 books as well about 8,000 periodicals.  Our McAir aircraft documents collections numbers approximately 7,000 pieces. In addition, we have two letters signed by Charles Lindbergh and four individual pilot’s license signed by Orville Wright.