The Midwest Aviation Community again showed support for STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education and aviation career development by participating in Teachers Aviation Career Day at Mid America Airport in Mascoutah, IL Tuesday. The event provided area K-12 educators with a first-hand look at available area aviation service providers and resources that add value to the STEM curricula many school districts are developing. According to Keith Mueller, representing Southwestern Illinois College and a key organizer, there were 160 schools from 13 counties in the St. Louis and Metro East Illinois area scheduled to be represented by the attendees, and it is hoped that this event will spark enhanced communication among educators and the aviation community.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum provided an exhibit to illustrate its contribution to educating the public about the area’s contributions to aviation past and present. The exhibits were arranged on both floors of the Mid America Airport terminal, and several aircraft arrived and parked on the apron. The exhibitors represented all aspects of aviation, including commercial airlines, military careers, flying schools and college aviation programs, advocacy groups, educational non-profit organizations and even camera drone operators. Having the event at an airport, with the aircraft present, emphasized the point that aviation services and careers are important to everyday life, and that the skills needed to participate in aviation as a vocation are within the grasp of those students who participate in STEM programs.
A sample of the exhibitors and aircraft include:
|Overhead view of a portion of the lower level exhibit hall|
|Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis|
|Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64|
|Federal Aviation Administration|
|Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum|
|Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association|
|Ninety-Nines and Women With Wings|
|Southern Illinois University|
|Southwestern Illinois College|
|Sparta Aero Services|
|Trans States Airlines|
|Transportation Security Administration|
|Wings of Hope|
|Yield Enhancement Service|
General Aviation aircraft used by the State of Illinois, Southern Illinois University Flight Program, and Mr. Bob McDaniel’s personal aircraft that has flown many Young Eagles with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64:
Cessna 182 used by the Civil Air Patrol:
Bell Helicopter Textron 206 Long Ranger used for medical air transport by Survival Flight:
Special thanks to the organizers, exhibitors, attending educators, and Mid America Airport for making this Midwest Aviation outreach event a great success.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 hosted the year’s first local EAA Young Eagles rally on March 4. Young Eagles flights are given free of charge to youth aged 8-17 through local EAA chapter rallies, and Young Eagles are also offered educational materials, first flight lesson vouchers and flight scholarships to encourage the development of the next generation of aviators. Those who have received Young Eagle flights from EAA Chapter 64 have discovered that there are a variety of aircraft involved, flown by very experienced and enthusiastic pilots. Young Eagles flights from St. Louis Downtown Airport offer a great view of the St. Louis skyline and neighboring sites such as the large rail yard north of the airport.
The afternoon was clear and warm as the operation began following the pilot briefing by EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel. Local youth groups, including Cub Scouts, were represented. While some were being flown, others were touring the museum and trying out the full-size and kid-size aircraft cockpits and trainers. A variety of aircraft were used, including Cessna 172s, a Piper Cherokee and John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s pristine Cessna 305A/O-1A Bird Dog. Here are some views of the flights:
Special thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64, pilots and ground crews, and Ideal Aviation FBO services for making this great youth event possible!
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a class from the Ranken Adventure Academy Friday. The students toured the museum and gained an understanding of aerospace vehicles and their construction, including a complete F-4 jet cockpit and aircraft projects under construction. EAA Chapter 64 provided aircraft and volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights, ensuring that every student experienced an interactive flight over the St. Louis area. Thanks to EAA Chapter, Ideal Aviation and Women With Wings St. Louis for their contributions to making this a great experience for the students and all involved.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a large group of Scouts and general public youth for Young Eagle Flights and presentations by local experts in various sectors of aviation. The annual Youth in Aviation Day involves over 100 Scouts working on their Aviation Merit Badge and serves as a major Young Eagle Rally at St. Louis Downtown Airport. During the day, the Scouts and airport residents were treated to a visit from a Bell 47 and a takeoff by USMC Harrier jets. Thanks to the Scout members, museum staff, EAA Chapter 64 volunteer pilots and Ideal Aviation for making this another successful event. (Photos by Museum President, Mark Nankivil)
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 Midwest Aviation community took advantage of unseasonably warm weather February 7 to provide a second opportunity this year to give the next generation the gift of flight. EAA Chapter 64 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum teamed up again to give Young Eagle and Eagle Flights to area residents. The chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Bob McDaniel, arranged for another warm weekend and four crews to fly about 15 passengers around the St. Louis riverfront from Ideal Aviation’s West Ramp at St. Louis Downtown Airport Saturday. Here are some scenes from the great day of flying:
Middle School students visited the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Thursday on a scheduled field trip as part of their participation in the Aviation Technology Academy sponsored by Rankin Technical College. The week-long camp program offers a series of activities that illustrate career opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industries. Students touring the museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, learned about the development of aircraft design over the last century, including pilot training technology from 1940s Link Trainers to a restored F-4 Phantom II jet fighter cockpit. They examined the structure of a Pietenpol aircraft under restoration, and learned about the mechanics of aircraft powerplants through the use of cutaway engine exhibits. The highlight of the visit, though, was the opportunity for each student to receive a Young Eagle Flight arranged by EAA Chapter 64, also based at the airport. In addition to experiencing the sheer enjoyment of flight, the students gained a practical knowledge of aircraft that no doubt will remain with them in the years to come as they make their career choices.
Special thanks to EAA Chapter 64 President Paul Voorhees, Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel, Young Eagles Ground Operations Coordinator Nick Turk, pilots Jeff Stephenson and Eve Cascella and museum staff for making this Midwest aero experience possible!
|The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum|
|Students tour a Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Howard Hughes|
|Students inside the Lockheed Jetstar|
|Students head out to their Young Eagle Flights|
|Pilot Bob McDaniel gets ready to taxi out for a flight|
|Aircraft are readied for their Young Eagle Flights|
|Pilot Eve Cascella leads students to the aircraft|
|Pilot Eve Cascella briefs the students before their flight|
|Pilot Jeff Stephenson briefs students before their flight|
|Pilot Jeff Stephenson demonstrates the pre-flight inspection|
|Pilot Jeff Stephenson points out the rudder on the tail|
|Students are shown the airport’s fire apparatus|
|Students pose with the F-4 Phantom II jet fighter cockpit|
|Pietenpol under restoration shows aircraft structure and engine|
|R3350 cutaway under restoration shows working parts|
|1940s Link Trainers show how pilots learned instrument flight|
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted another group of Boy Scouts as they took their Young Eagle Flights Saturday at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The flights were conducted by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64 air and ground crews, including pilots Jim Thurman, Woody Gray and Bob McDaniel. In all, 16 Boy Scouts were flown in the three aircraft starting at 10am as the cloud ceiling slowly lifted over the St. Louis area. During their visit, the Boy Scouts toured the museum, including the inside of the Lockheed Jetstar aircraft on display. Another series of flights for other Boy Scout troops will be held in April, and flights will be offered to the general public at Midwest Airport Fun Days to be held June 7-8.
GREATER ST. LOUIS AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013
Prepared by Jack Abercrombie, Curator Emeritus
MISSION: SERVE the PUBLIC through PRESERVATION and DISPLAY of HISTORIC AIR & SPACE ARTIFACTS and EDUCATION PROGRAMS to FOSTER the SPIRIT of FLIGHT in TODAY’S YOUTH and in FUTURE GENERATIONS.
- Birthday Celebration—102 Years—for “Chub” Wheeler—Museum Founder, Pilot, Flight Instructor.
- Restoration and Public Unveiling of 67 Year-Old McDonnell XP-85 “Goblin” Wind Tunnel Test Model.
- Restoration and Public Unveiling of Mr. McDonnell’s Factory Golf Cart (used to transport President Kennedy during his 1962 visit to the McDonnell factory)—Restored with the help of a Boeing Employee Community Fund (ECF) Grant.
- Independence Day week with the EAA AirVenture B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”—The Museum Assisted the Local EAA Chapter 64 in the Celebration.
- Fly-In and Open House.
- Participation in the Retirement Party for Airport Director, Bob McDaniel, After 13 Years on the Job. (Welcome to the new Director, Erick Dahl, was part of the program).
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
- Participated in “Careers on the Move” at Mudd Elementary School in O’Fallon, MO.
- Participated in Cessna Aircraft Demo Day at Air Associates of Missouri, Spirit Airport.
- Hosted StL Biplane Rides in a 1941 Open Cockpit Waco Biplane.
- Co-Hosted the Youth Gateway to Aviation Day Sponsored by EAA Chapter 64, Parks College, Wicks Aircraft and Motor Sports, etc.
- Co-Hosted Several Hundred Local Boy Scouts During the Scout Aviation Day in Cooperation with Parks College and Ideal Aviation.
- Participated in Aviation Day at the St. Louis Science Center.
- Participated in Midwest Aviation and Conference and Trade Show (MACTS) in Maryland Heights, MO.
- Co-Hosted “Young Eagles” Flights in Cooperation with EAA Chapter 64.
- Hosted Several Local Elementary and Middle School Student Group Visits.
- Hosted Two McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Retiree Group Visits.
- Co-Hosted a Benefit Event in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Fisher House in Cooperation with Brian Kissinger Ministries and EAA Chapter 64.
- Supported the Visit of the EAA Ford Trimotor Visit to Downtown Airport.
- Provided Traveling Exhibit for the Missouri Pilots Association 60th Anniversary Convention in Booneville, MO.
- Provided Traveling Exhibit for the IPMS Model Show.
- Provided Traveling Exhibit for the Airport Open House at Vance Airport in Fredericktown, MO.
- Participated in the Missouri Aviation Historical Society (MoAHS)—Programs, Research, Images from Museum Archives.
- Performed Research for the MoAHS Lambert Field History Project (for a book to be published celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lambert Field).
- New/Continuing Loans of Artifacts to Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Southwestern Illinois Community College, Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis Aerospace Institute.
- Speakers Provided for Boeing Employee Flying Club, a McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Retiree Group, and other organizations.
- Participated in Aviation Roundtable in Columbia, MO.
- Received Grant from Ameren Illinois–$15,000 for Computing Software/Hardware to be used for Archive Cataloging.
- Received Civic Service Award from the AIAA St. Louis Section.
- Full Restoration completed on both Link Trainers—one from the World War 2 era and one from the Cold War era. Work Performed by Volunteer Effort led by Doug Bent and Mike Scruggs.
- Mr. McDonnell’s Golf Cart (used to transport President Kennedy around the factory in 1962) Fully Restored with the Help of a $4700 Grant from the Boeing ECF Fund with Work Performed by North Town Auto Body with the Assistance of Master Auto Care, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Village Locksmith, all in Collinsville, IL.
- The 1946 McDonnell “Goblin” XP-85 Wind Tunnel Model was Restored by Volunteer Greg Downen.
- Plans Being Formulated for the Cosmetic Restoration of the Lockheed “JetStar” and the Stinson “Reliant.”
- Plans in Work for Restoration of the Meyers “OTW” 1941 Biplane.
- Bi-State Performed a Structural Assessment of the Historic Hangar 2.
MAJOR ARTIFACT DONATIONS INCLUDE:
- Colonel Schrecengest Collection of Art Work Depicting the RF-101 “Voodoo” Record Setting “Operation Sun Run” of 1957. Donors—Ed and Cynthia nee Schrecengest Miller.
- Art Davies, Jr. Collection of Photos, Models, and Other Museum and McDonnell Aircraft Memorabilia. Donor—Mary Davies.
- Scrapbook with Astronaut Autographs plus those of other NASA and McDonnell Officials. Donor—Rose Church, “Nurse of the Astronauts.” (Actually occurred late October 2012—just five days before her death).
- Stinson Reliant, 1943 V-77 (non-flyable). Donor—Family of John Johnson, well known aviator of southern Illinois and the St. Louis region.
- A. Paul Vance Collection of Photographs, Models, etc. Donor—Family of A. Paul Vance, Navy Aviator, Monsanto Corporate Pilot, as well as many other achievements. (Actually occurred December 2012).
- Photograph Collection (More than 160) of Dave Ostrowski. (Actually occurred December 2012).
- F-4 Phantom History Manuscript. Donor/Author—Bill Elmore.
- Miscellaneous Items from many individual donors including the Museum of Transportation, Jefferson Barracks, Lambert Airport, etc.
- Historic Aviation Fields (Shiloh, Kinloch, Washington Park, Broadway, Kratz).
- Parks College World War 2 History.
- Lambert Field.
- Local Historic Aviators.
LIBRARY COLLECTION: The Museum’s collections are comprised of approximately 200,000 objects, artifacts, art, photographs, research materials and memorabilia. The collections now include 150,000 slides, negatives and photos with the recent acquisition of the Robert Burgess collection (85,000 slides, negatives and prints and another 1,000 books and periodicals) and previous acquisitions such as the F-4 Phantom II Society archives and the William Peake and A. Paul Vance collections. In addition, the Museum has more than 4,000 books as well about 8,000 periodicals. Our McAir aircraft documents collections numbers approximately 7,000 pieces. In addition, we have two letters signed by Charles Lindbergh and four individual pilot’s license signed by Orville Wright.