The Gallery exhibits at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum have been updated recently to improve the layout and visibility of the displays. Curator Mike Burke has been the driving force behind improving the visitor experience at the museum over the last several years, and has made much progress in what is a constant evaluation and improvement process. The museum has recently received several excellent display cases from the nearby Boeing St. Louis facility, and work is on-going to install them in the gallery. Along with the improved gallery exhibits, the museum has re-installed the F-4 Phantom II cockpit on long-term loan, begun restoration projects for several vintage aircraft, and welcomed back the Pietenpol home-built aircraft restored by EAA Chapter 64, which meets at St. Louis Downtown Airport as well. The museum welcomes visitors Fri-Sun 10am-4pm and groups also by appointment.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum recently received several high-profile aviation artifacts to add to its already impressive collection at its location in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The museum has been preserving and exhibiting local aviation history for over 30 years, and continues to attract donations from across the region. The museum receives hundreds of items each year of all types relating to St. Louis and Metro East Illinois aviation. Additionally, the museum has a world-class archive of media relating to aviation history throughout the world that is regularly used by researchers in their books and professional journal articles. Recent donations include:
Low-Speed Wind Tunnel model of the McDonnell Aircraft 119/220 executive jet prototype of the late 1950′s was donated by the University of Michigan. The McDonnell 119/220 aircraft lost a military contract to the Lockheed Jetstar, and the only prototype was the personal aircraft of James S. McDonnell for a time before being sold to private owners. The aircraft currently resides at El Paso International Airport, TX.
Albatros D.III 7/8 scale replica wings along with plans and materials for the rest of the aircraft were donated by the family of the Late Andrew Smith of the Camdenton, MO area. The wings were meticulously constructed, and the museum will pursue completion of the project with the assistance of other interested parties in the future.
The following includes excerpts from a letter written to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum from visitor, Rick Bates: