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)
Display items from the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum are presently featured in the Tuskegee Airmen art exhibit at the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation now through November, 2012. Large models of a P-40 Warhawk and B-25 Mitchell, aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen in combat, along with pilot flight gear, are on loan for the exhibit. The exhibit honors the service of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famous “Red Tails” of World War II. The artist, Mr. William Curtis, was on hand to explain the images on the various panels that tell the story of the African-American 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group. In addition to the art exhibit, memorabilia from Mr. Myron Lane was on display. The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum also has items on loan from Mr. Lane in a special exhibit.