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Young Eagles Take Flight at St. Louis Downtown Airport

Young Eagles took to the air at St. Louis Downtown Airport when a group of young ladies experienced flight early Sunday while visiting the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum.   Aircraft, pilots and ground crews were provided by members of EAA Chapter 64, also based at the airport.  They enjoyed flying over the St. Louis riverfront and visiting the museum between flights.  The group later visited the air traffic control tower.  Thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64 and Ideal Aviation for making this Young Eagles event another great success.

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 Hosts Tuskegee Airmen Youth Group Tour, Young Eagle Flights

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)

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Begins Busy Season

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:

 

 

Young Eagles Take Flight At Museum

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.

 

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Shares the Dream of Flight With Young Eagles, Scouts

 

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted two group tours today, with approximately 35 Young Eagles earning their logbooks, and a group of Boy Scouts touring the museum.  The two groups were treated to appearances by the MO CAF B-25, “Show Me,” and a T-6 Texan based at St. Louis Downtown Airport where the museum is located.  Many of the Young Eagles were treated to a ride in the factory cart once used by James S. McDonnell, Chairman of McDonnell Aircraft, during President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the plant in 1962.  All young visitors received a poster depicting characters from the new Disney movie, ”Planes.”  The museum welcomes group visits, and arrangements should be made in advance by contacting the museum.  Here are some scenes from today’s activities: