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McDonnell Aircraft Factory Cart Used During President Kennedy Visit Dedicated

A restored McDonnell Aircraft factory cart, used to transport President John F. Kennedy during his visit in 1962, was dedicated Monday at a ceremony held at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  The tarp was removed from the cart around 10:00am in the presence of officials from the Boeing Employee Community Fund, sponsor of the grant used in the restoration, and local news media.  The cart, donated to the museum by McDonnell Douglas in 1993, was used by company Board Chairman and CEO Mr. James S. McDonnell when hosting visiting dignitaries.  Sometime after the President’s visit, it was lengthened and the rear seat was reversed to provide a more balanced ride.  The 2013 comprehensive restoration was completed by North Town Auto Body in Collinsville, IL along with: tires, tubes and battery from Master Auto Care; battery cables from O’Reilly Auto Parts; and keys from Village Locksmith in Collinsville, IL.  This video produced by Boeing media gives an excellent background on the cart and its place in history.
 
Please visit KSDK St. Louis for a news broadcast about the cart.
 
The cart prior to unveiling  
The cart in unveiled by Museum Board Member Trent Duff (L) and Museum President Mark Nankivil
Boeing Employee Community Fund Officials Laura Coughlin and Michael Carosone
Mr. Robert Potthoff, McDonnell (now Boeing) employee who was present for Kennedy’s visit
Airport Director Bob McDaniel (L), Boeing ECF staff and Museum Board Members
North Town Auto Body staff who restored the cart

Museum to Unveil Restored McDonnell Aircraft Factory Cart Used During President Kennedy Visit

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will unveil on Monday the restored McDonnell Aircraft factory cart used by company Board Chairman and CEO James S. McDonnell to drive President John F. Kennedy around during his visit in 1962.  The cart will be dedicated May 6 at a ceremony held at the Museum, located at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  It has been a part of the Museum collection for over 20 years, and has been on display there and at the St. Louis Science Center.  The cart was caught in the floods of 1993 when the Museum was located at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and was later cleaned and again displayed.  The 2013 comprehensive restoration, funded by the Boeing Employees Community Fund, was completed by North Town Auto Body in Collinsville, IL along with:  tires, tubes and battery from Master Auto Care; battery cables from O’Reilly Auto Parts; keys from Village Locksmith in Collinsville, IL.   The Museum thanks everyone involved in the restoration process, including Museum members Trent Duff, Doug Bent, and Rick Rehg for leading this project.    

For news coverage of the cart, please visit http://fox2now.com/2013/05/03/golf-cart-used-by-jfk-to-tour-mcdonnell-douglas-to-go-on-display/ and