The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum recently hosted a youth group participating in a week-long activity at nearby Scott AFB sponsored by the local Tuskegee Airmen chapter. EAA Chapter 64, also located at St. Louis Downtown Airport, provided volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights around the St. Louis area in a variety of aircraft. Between flights, the teens learned about St. Louis aviation and aerospace history from the museum’s docents and the exhibits and activities, including the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of a real McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter. The museum hopes to work with the Tuskegee Airmen chapter regularly in the future. (Photos by Mark Nankivil)
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has begun in earnest to do some “Spring Cleaning” and start on some new projects that will improve the visitor experience. The museum is preparing for the upcoming Midwest Airport Fun Days event planned for June 7-8 by arranging some of the aircraft in their historic 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 for easier viewing. Space is also being made in the hangar for the arrival of a Pietenpol Air Camper, an aircraft being restored by neighboring EAA Chapter 64, due to arrive in the coming weeks. At the same time, the museum’s vintage Laister-Kauffman LK-10 USAAF training glider will be moved from one hangar bay to another as preparations are made for its restoration and future display. A team of specialists continues to work on the museum’s Lockheed Jetstar aircraft, providing electrical power and improved ventilation of the classic executive jet. Much more is planned for the coming year, and the museum welcomes new members who share a desire to bring aviation history to our community. Work on the LK-10 glider was performed just outside the museum’s hangar recently:
A group of Young Eagles took flight with the help of EAA Chapter 64 pilots Bob McDaniel and Trent Duff. The flights took place from the ramp near the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), on Sunday. EAA Chapter 64 and the museum regularly fly small groups of Young Eagles and fly very large groups during the airport’s Youth Gateway to Aviation Day each Fall. Thanks to Bob, Trent and Museum President Mark Nankivil for making this a special day for our newest Young Eagles.