BD-5

Museum’s BD-5 on Display at St. Louis Community College St. Louis Aerospace Institute

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has placed its BD-5 aircraft on loan to the St. Louis Aerospace Institute, and it is now on display in the lobby of the Center for Workforce Innovation.  The St. Louis Aerospace Institute is a collaborative effort between St. Louis Community College, industry partners and the Department of Labor.  Initially planned as a training program for prospective Boeing Company assembly workers, the program has gained additional partners and has blossomed into an aerospace production training center featuring these current hands-on courses: Mechanical Blueprint Reading, Basic Aerospace SMAR Training,  Intermediate Aerospace SMAR Training, Aerospace Assembly: Electrical, Mechanical and Composites.  A Certificate of Specialization in Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology is available upon completion of required curriculum.  Current industry partners include The Boeing Company, Essex Industries, GKN Aerospace, St. Louis Business Aviation Association, Kemco Aerospace Manufacturing, LMI Aerospace, Jet Aviation, Sabreliner Corporation, Pattonville High School, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, St. Louis County Workforce Investment Board, St. Louis Public School District, and Ritenour High School.  The faculty and staff at the St. Louis Aerospace Institute hosted a large contingent of EAA Chapter 64 members recently (many of which also are members of the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum), providing a tour of the facility and a special discussion of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that included a power-up demonstration of several scale radio-controlled aircraft built and flown by Mr. Jack Beetz, professor of carbon fiber fabrication and assembly.  For more information about the St. Louis Aerospace Institute, please visit http://aerospace.stlcc.edu/.  Special thanks to Mr. Paul Voorhees, assembly instructor, Ms Becky Epps, Program Manager, Mr. Jack Beetz and the entire staff.

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.