aviation artifacts

Museum Exhibits Updated, Aircraft Begin Restoration

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.



Museum Receives Several High-Profile Aviation Artifacts

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.







Museum Visitor Raves About Experience, Writes Open Letter of Appreciation

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum After the Snowfall, Jan. 14, 2012

The following includes excerpts from a letter written to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum from visitor, Rick Bates:

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Dear Mr. Turdo, Rehg and Abercrombie,
What a Good Day it was, to finally get to go to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, and I knew that it would be worth a second attempt to go, and it was worth every second… Every question that you answered carried an additional few to a 1/2 a dozen more points that took my response into a the “Oh Wow Category”, which made a bit of a challenge to grasp it all.  You see when the first 3 or 4 of your points are so fascinating, it made it hard for my ears to hear with a mind that was put in “Awe” and busy processing and appreciating at the speed of your sound…
To meet a Steward or Guide at any Museum, is the best, because you get the story behind the tangible evidence and remnants of “Pinnacle Moments in Time and History” that hold the fabrics of the Character Traits, Life’s Work and Accomplishments left behind by “The People that Lived it, Made it Possible, and then Left it here for us to see, learn from and appreciate, for what it was, and what it helped to accomplish”.  But to have the Good Fortune of Meeting 3 of the key people who were so willing to share their knowledge and insight, and discuss at any length and detail, any question that you may have about anything in that “Historic Hanger Number 2 Museum”, well for me, that was just pretty cool, and more than I could have imagined. 
 If you need a “Hat’s off” recommendation that may help sway a potential future sponsor your way, regarding your Customer Service or Interpersonal Skills, or Your Ability to Present and PROPERLY HOST AND SERVE the best interests of THE MUSEUM WHICH THEY ARE GOING TO HELP FUND, please feel free to show them this letter…
I hope everybody that flies into the St Louis Downtown Airport, gets a chance to see the history that are working to preserve, and that they pass it along to inspire every person of weight with an ability to help you accomplish it, to a standard that would honor all of those who created, and placed that history, in your care. 
Thanks for the first part of the tour,  Carmelo and Rick, and it was a pleasure meeting you as well Mr. and Mrs. Abercrombie.
Rickey Bates