Greater St. Louis AIr & Space Museum

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.

Teachers Aviation Career Day Introduces Educators to Aviation STEM Resources

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

 

CineFly

 

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 layout of the apron:

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:

 

Vans Aircraft RV-7A built and flown by Mr. Larry Frey:

Cessna 182 used by the Civil Air Patrol:

 

Cirrus SR20 used by the Parks College of St. Louis University Flight Program:

Piper Cherokee Representing Sparta Aero Services:

Pitts S-2A Special used for teaching aerobatic flight by Bi-Plane Training:

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.

Scout Aviation Day and Young Eagle Flights Held at Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

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.

 

Museum Hosts Ranken Adventure Academy Class, Young Eagle Flights

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.

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)

Museum Announces Achievements Over 18-Month Period

GREATER ST. LOUIS AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

HIGHLIGHTS—JANUARY 2015—JUNE 2016

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.

MAJOR AWARD—Inducted into Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame, Honored with Spirit of Flight Award, May 2016.

 RECENT CELEBRATIONS—Supported 50th Anniversary of Gemini Space Flights at Missouri Aviation Historical Society.

 COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS:

  • Co-hosted  “Young Eagle” Flights with Gateway Eagles and EAA Chapter 64 on Six Weekends.
  • Provided Traveling Exhibits to Gateway to Space Development Conference.
  • Displayed Material at Selvidge Middle School in support of STEM Program.
  • Hosted Various Visiting Groups Including United Flying Octogenarians, Central Institute for the Deaf, Army/Navy Heritage Foundation, Cahokia Chamber of Commerce, Cahokia Head Start, SAFECON Region VI, Women in Aviation, and Navigators USA.
  • Continued with Artifact Loans to Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Science Center.
  • Continued Cooperative Activities with The Aero Experience, Missouri Aviation Historical Society, Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, and Aviation Archives.
  • Established an e-Newsletter for Member/Public Distribution.
  • Teamed with SLU/Parks to Assist With Scout Merit Badges By Providing Flight Simulators.

 RESTORATION PROGRESS:

  • Major Work on Replica 1910 Demoiselle by EAA 64 and Gateway Area Ultralight Assoc.
  • Cabin Air Conditioning for the Howard Hughes Lockheed JetStar.
  • Continuing work on the Cutaway R3350 Engine.

 MAJOR ARTIFACT DONATIONS—APPROXIMATELY 130 DONORS:

  • Large Collections of Books, Photos, Slides (more than 6000).  Includes Original Material on Construction of Curtiss-Steinberg (St. Louis Downtown) Airport.
  • Original Paintings.
  • Various Aviation Patches/Stickers/Miscellany.
  • Aircraft Equipment.

 RESEARCH/DOCUMENTATION:

  • Historic/Extinct Aviation Fields of Greater St. Louis.
  • Histories of Greater St. Louis Airplane Development.
  • Digitizing Photos/Documents for On-line Access.
  • Contribute content to history of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport book project.

 ARCHIVE CATALOGING—Additional 1600 Items Cataloged Using “Past Perfect” Software Provided With Grant from Ameren Illinois.  Total Cataloged Items Now Nearly 3300.

Special thanks to Museum Curator Emeritus Jack Abercrombie for compiling this list of achievements.

 

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Receives Spirit of Flight Award, Induction Into Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame

The Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame held the 2016 Banquet and Induction Ceremonies Thursday at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s Transportation Education Center.  Among the inductees this year is the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, a recipient of the Spirit of Flight Award for the museum’s contributions to the Metro East IL and St. Louis metropolitan areas.  The museum has made many positive contributions to local and regional communities through the conservation of the area’s aviation history and the numerous educational and community events held there each year.  The museum also received the AIAA St. Louis Civic Service Award in 2013.

Criteria for the Spirit of Flight Award:

•Awarded annually to an organization that has made a substantial contribution to aviation in Illinois

•The organization’s activities must be Illinois based and continuous over a long period of time

•The organization’s member activities must be above and beyond that of normal paid employment and exhibit a high degree of excellence in their accomplishment
Significance of the Spirit of Flight Award:
Election to the Illinois Aviation Hall Of Fame is the highest honor that can be attained by people whose principal aviation activity and experience is Illinois based. It is awarded to people of good character for their excellence over a period of time. All of those selected have participated in community service, which reflects the character that earns IAHOF honors.

 

Museum Hosts Cahokia, IL Head Start Classes as Part of Airport Activity

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at St. Louis Downtown Airport hosted 80 Cahokia, IL Head Start students and their teachers Tuesday, offering 3-5 year-old children the chance to explore aviation first-hand.  The children were invited to climb into a Link trainer cab, F-4 Phantom II cockpit and the museum’s Lockheed Jetstar executive jet that was once owned by Howard Hughes.  The children also sat in a PC-12 medical transport “KidsFlight 3″ and a Cessna 172 from west ramp FBO Ideal Aviation.  The airport Fire Department brought their impressive Panther fire truck, always a hit with young and old alike.  The airport will host another 80 children Thursday.

The museum welcomes group visits, though prior arrangements are necessary.  Special thanks to Firefighter Terry Bowman for arranging and coordinating the visits this week.  Photos by museum President, Mark Nankivil.

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Chosen for Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, located at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL, has been selected to receive the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame 2016 Spirit of Flight Award.  The museum is being recognized for its service to the community through preservation of Metro East IL aviation history, education programs supporting local schools and Scouting groups, active Young Eagles program with local EAA Chapter 64, and other aviation activities promoted and executed through the volunteer staff.  The museum is honored to receive the highest honor afforded by the Illinois aviation community, and will continue to serve the greater St. Louis and Metro East Illinois communities with ever greater enthusiasm and purpose.

The Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremonies will be held May 5 at the Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Transportation Education Center at Southern Illinois Airport.