mcdonnell aircraft 119/220

Museum Receives Several High-Profile Aviation Artifacts

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum recently received several high-profile aviation artifacts to add to its already impressive collection at its location in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  The museum has been preserving and exhibiting local aviation history for over 30 years, and continues to attract donations from across the region.  The museum receives hundreds of items each year of all types relating to St. Louis and Metro East Illinois aviation.  Additionally, the museum has a world-class archive of media relating to aviation history throughout the world that is regularly used by researchers in their books and professional journal articles.  Recent donations include:

Low-Speed Wind Tunnel model of the McDonnell Aircraft 119/220 executive jet prototype of the late 1950′s was donated by the University of Michigan.  The McDonnell 119/220 aircraft lost a military contract to the Lockheed Jetstar, and the only prototype was the personal aircraft of  James S. McDonnell for a time before being sold to private owners.  The aircraft currently resides at El Paso International Airport, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albatros D.III 7/8 scale replica wings along with plans and materials for the rest of the aircraft were donated by the family of the Late Andrew Smith of the Camdenton, MO area.  The wings were meticulously constructed, and the museum will pursue completion of the project with the assistance of other interested parties in the future.