Carl "Chub" Wheeler (right) Was Honored for Lifetime Achievement
Carl "Chub" Wheeler was honored for a lifetime of achievement in aviation at last night's local Daedalian Flight meeting. For Wheeler, who will turn 100 years old later this year, that is close to two lifetimes for the rest of us! He learned to fly at Curtiss-Steinberg Airport (later Parks Airport and now St. Louis Downtown Airport) in 1934, earned his private and transport licenses, operated a flight school, taught Army Air Corps pilots during World War II, managed the renamed Parks Airport in the 1950s, flew corporate DC-3s for Monsanto and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and continued flying his vintage Fairchild 24 for years after "retirement." He still shares his unique perspective of St. Louis aviation in a style that leaves the listener with the feeling of having been there right along with him. Joining with the Daedalians and the St. Louis aviation community, The Aero Experience salutes Chub Wheeler!