The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum held the annual Scout Aviation Day Saturday. The museum, along with EAA Chapter 64, provided opportunities for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to experience Young Eagle flights and participate in activities to fulfill portions of their Aviation Merit Badge requirements. The Scouts learned about the development of flying machines in the St. Louis area using real-life examples on display, and heard about opportunities in the aviation field from educators and military pilots. Along with the actual Young Eagles flight, the Scouts could observe aircraft operations on the apron in front of the museum as they occurred in real time. Trying on an actual F-4 Phantom II fighter cockpit for size was a rare and exciting experience.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted Young Eagle Flights at St. Louis Downtown Airport today. Members of a local Boy Scout troop received their Young Eagle flights in one of two Cessna 172s or an Aviat Husky provided by members of EAA Chapter 64. The “East Side Chapter” provides regular opportunities for local youth to experience a flight around the St. Louis riverfront in general aviation aircraft, and local Scout troops frequently credit the flight and museum activities toward the achievement of the Aviation Merit Badge. Benefits of the EAA Young Eagles program include, without cost: first Young Eagles flight, EAA Student Membership, Sporty’s Pilot Shop online flight training program, first introductory flight lesson and availability of flight training scholarships. For more information about the Young Eagles program in the St. Louis area, contact EAA Chapter 64 at http://eaa64.org/ye.htm. Here are some views of today’s flights:
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted about 70 Cub Scouts Saturday at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The museum periodically assists local Scout troops with activities that contribute towards the requirements of the Aviation Merit Badge, and EAA Chapter 64 provides Young Eagle flights and ramp safety. The overcast weather conditions kept the aircraft on the ground this weekend, but the Scouts toured the museum and flew aircraft they made to demonstrate aerodynamics in action. The Scouts will return in the spring to take their Young Eagle flights. (Photos courtesy of museum Curator, Mike Burke).
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted several hundred Boy Scouts from local troops Saturday during the annual Scout Aviation Day event. The Scout leaders organized their Scouts into three sessions, each with three groups rotating between the Museum, nearby Parks College flight training facility and the west ramp at Ideal Aviation for orientation flights. Many of the requirements for the Aviation Merit Badge were accomplished during the visit, which also included a presentation by U.S. Air Force personnel from Scott AFB, although all but 2 of the flights were cancelled due to low clouds and strong winds. Groups from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Aviation Explorers, schools and other youth groups are invited to experience the Museum during business hours (Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm) or by appointment.