Midwest Airport Fun Days concluded the first annual event at St. Louis Downtown Airport with cloudy but dry weather following a stormy Saturday afternoon. The ramp in front of Ideal Aviation and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum was full of warbirds and fly-ins, and visitors were treated to the sounds of the USAF Mustang Supercar X-1 revving and the Country and Bluegrass music from the Ramblers. Other highlights included low and fast passes by airshow pilot Patrick McAlee and other local pilots, static displays of warbirds like the MO Commemorative Air Force B-25 and Warbird Warriors PV-2 Harpoon, and Young Eagle flights. Local aviation and aerospace organization chapters provided demonstrations of their model rockets, RC aircraft, and educational materials. Flight schools displayed their aircraft, and the Missouri Aviation Historical Society’s Chase Kohler took a Discovery Flight in the St. Louis Flight Training school’s Cessna 172. 73 Young Eagles were flown on Sunday, and five new members joined EAA Chapter 64. All in all, the event was a good first edition of Midwest Airport Fun Days, and after a brief rest, planning for next year’s event will begin.
Special thanks to Ideal Aviation, Jet Aviation, Ozark Air Services, Parks College of St. Louis University, 345th Recruiting Squadron at Scott AFB, our sponsors and numerous other individuals who made this event possible.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has begun its “Countdown to Midwest Airport Fun Days” with the arrival of several warbirds that will be on static display during the June 7-8 event. The St. Louis Downtown Airport community recently welcomed a Douglas DC-3 cargo aircraft and the rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, “Attu Warrior,” to the Ideal Aviation ramp for pre-event festivities starting early next week. More activities are planned for the coming week, so check the event web page for more updates.
This new Midwest Aviation event offers free, family-friendly fun to the public with our thriving aviation community! Produced by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Ideal Aviation, EAA Chapter 64 and The Aero Experience, Midwest Airport Fun Days will provide an opportunity for our visitors to experience aviation first-hand and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Taking Off June 7 & 8, 2014 At St. Louis Downtown Airport
St. Louis Downtown Airport, Ideal Aviation, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64 and The Aero Experience present the Midwest’s newest aviation event offering free, family-friendly fun hosted by a thriving airport community! At Midwest Airport Fun Days, our guests are invited to visit the airport and take part in activities provided through the generous contributions of participants and sponsors from throughout the Midwest. Planned activities include:
Examine aircraft on display from St. Louis Downtown Airport and other airports from around the Midwest
Experience a flight in a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber
Fly in a 1941 Waco Biplane
Meet Aerobatic airshow star Patrick McAlee
Youth Fly FREE on Sunday