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Midwest Airport Fun Days Provides Aviation Experiences for Visitors

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.