On February 7th, Miriam School held a celebration honoring the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis. The 4th Grade Class chose to feature Charles Lindbergh and the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the aircraft Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, in their class project. Jack Nankivil, 4th grader and son of Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum President Mark Nankivil, tackled the subject with energy and focus by researching the history of the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the origin of the aircraft’s name and Charles Lindbergh’s contribution to St. Louis aviation history from the 1920s onward. Jack took inspiration from the Spirit of St. Louis cockpit replica and display board presently on long term loan to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum from the nearby Missouri History Museum when deciding on his contribution to the project. He then created a replica of the instrument panel, incorporating opening doors with placards describing the various decisions Charles Lindbergh made in equipping his aircraft for its epic journey across the Atlantic. The classroom also included other photos and artifacts on display from the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum’s archives and photo collection to give the children from the other classes at the school an understanding of Charles Lindbergh’s accomplishment.
Well done Jack!
May 20-21 will be the 85th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight. Get a head start on commemorating the flight by visiting the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, home of Lindbergh memorabilia and reproduction Spirit of St. Louis cockpit. During your visit, you can view a hand-written letter from Lindbergh to Major C. Ray Wassall, an autographed book, sculpture of Charles and Ann Morrow Lindbergh, U.S. tour map and promotional materials and examine the Spirit of St. Louis cockpit. Here is a preview of what you will experience:
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, received a Spirit of St. Louis cockpit exhibit on loan from the Missouri Historical Society this week. The cockpit was part of the Lindbergh collection at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, and the loan will keep it in the public eye while the Missouri Historical Society renovates its Lindbergh exhibit. It was constructed by Parks College of Engineering and Aviation of St. Louis University, whose fleet of training aircraft is located near the new display site.