EAA 64

Youth Experience Flight During Aviation Summer Camp

A group of middle school students experienced flight and visited St. Louis Downtown Airport facilities Friday while attending the annual Ranken Technical College Adventure Academy summer camp.  Fifteen students and their counselors arrived at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum around 10am and prepared to take their Young Eagle Flights in general aviation aircraft.  The four aircraft, pilots and ground crews were provided by members of EAA Chapter 64, also based at the airport.  Over the next several hours, the students flew over the St. Louis riverfront and learned about aircraft design and construction while touring the museum between flights.  After lunch, the students visited the air traffic control tower and airport fire station.

There were some unique aspects of Friday’s activities.  Several students were treated to flights in John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s Cessna 305A/O-1 Bird Dog two-seat observation aircraft.  Some students were flown in the Cessna 172 provided by a joint venture between AeroCareers and Wings of Hope for the purpose of promoting aviation through flight experiences.  The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, host to Young Eagle Flights throughout the year, provided exhibits of aircraft, engines, training equipment and even a restored F-4 Phantom II cockpit to enhance the learning experience.

Special recognition goes to EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator, Bob McDaniel, for yet another safe and enjoyable Young Eagles event.

Museum Open House and Fly-In Offers High-Flying Adventure

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 held its Fall Fly-In Saturday, offering a new way to experience aviation history – flights in a 1941 Waco and a T-6 Texan warbird.  The event was held Saturday near historic Curtiss-Wright Hangars 1 and 2, with the museum and EAA aircraft on display.  Other organizations, such as IPMA, SWIC, Wicks Aircraft Supply, St. Louis Flight Training and the Lions Club were represented and provided information about their services to the community.  The most dramatic impact on the visitors, the aircraft flying overhead, was an added bonus this year.  The museum is proud to include Kevin Kegin’s Waco UPF-7 (http://kevinkeginamericanwarbird.com/) and Greg Vallero’s AT-6F Texan (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Warbird-Rides-USA/180169395331362?v=info) in it’s activities on a regular basis.  We encourage you to visit the museum during regular open hours of Friday-Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, and contact Kevin and Greg for your flight in these beautifully restored 1940s era aircraft.

For a posting on the Metro site, please visit http://www.nextstopstl.org/7145/.

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Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 Open House/Fly-In June 16

June 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm , St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS)

Have a pancake breakfast and burger/brat lunch

View the Museum’s historic aircraft and early aviation exhibits

Small children can fly in their own flight simulator!

Ride in a 1941 Waco biplane!

Contact info@airandspacemuseum.org for more information