The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 hosted the year’s first local EAA Young Eagles rally on March 4. Young Eagles flights are given free of charge to youth aged 8-17 through local EAA chapter rallies, and Young Eagles are also offered educational materials, first flight lesson vouchers and flight scholarships to encourage the development of the next generation of aviators. Those who have received Young Eagle flights from EAA Chapter 64 have discovered that there are a variety of aircraft involved, flown by very experienced and enthusiastic pilots. Young Eagles flights from St. Louis Downtown Airport offer a great view of the St. Louis skyline and neighboring sites such as the large rail yard north of the airport.
The afternoon was clear and warm as the operation began following the pilot briefing by EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel. Local youth groups, including Cub Scouts, were represented. While some were being flown, others were touring the museum and trying out the full-size and kid-size aircraft cockpits and trainers. A variety of aircraft were used, including Cessna 172s, a Piper Cherokee and John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s pristine Cessna 305A/O-1A Bird Dog. Here are some views of the flights:
Special thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64, pilots and ground crews, and Ideal Aviation FBO services for making this great youth event possible!
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a class from the Ranken Adventure Academy Friday. The students toured the museum and gained an understanding of aerospace vehicles and their construction, including a complete F-4 jet cockpit and aircraft projects under construction. EAA Chapter 64 provided aircraft and volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights, ensuring that every student experienced an interactive flight over the St. Louis area. Thanks to EAA Chapter, Ideal Aviation and Women With Wings St. Louis for their contributions to making this a great experience for the students and all involved.
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)
A group of Young Eagles took flight with the help of EAA Chapter 64 pilots Bob McDaniel and Trent Duff. The flights took place from the ramp near the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), on Sunday. EAA Chapter 64 and the museum regularly fly small groups of Young Eagles and fly very large groups during the airport’s Youth Gateway to Aviation Day each Fall. Thanks to Bob, Trent and Museum President Mark Nankivil for making this a special day for our newest Young Eagles.
Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum member Jerry Kaemmer flew a group of youth and adults recently, giving them a first-hand view of St. Louis aviation from a Cessna 172R Skyhawk. In between flights, the young visitors toured the museum and ”flew” the flight simulator recently donated by the nearby Washington School District and specially designed for children. The museum will build upon this early 2012 flight event by hosting a larger group March 24 and on future dates. Check the Events Calendar for more museum events throughout 2012.