Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

EAA 64 and Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Fly-In June 16

Eaa Chapter 64 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Open House/Fly-In

June 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm , St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS)

Have pancake breakfast and burger lunch

Fly-In pilots receive $.25/gal discount on fuel at Ideal Aviation

View the Museum’s historic aircraft and early aviation exhibits

Visit with local pilots flying their homebuilts, warbirds and antiques

Take your picture in the cockpit of an F-4 Phantom fighter
Take a flight in a 1941 Waco biplane

Small children can fly in their own flight simulator!  
Contact for more information

EAA 1424 Open House/Fly-In on June 9 at Washington County Airport in Potosi, MIssouri

EAA Chapter 1424 Open House/ Fly-In          June 9, 2012 0800-1700

FREE Food for Flying Pilots, all others donations accepted - Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Hotcakes. Additional Food for purchase by Local VFW.

Young Eagles Flights will be Available. Pilots and Planes needed.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Marvin Pitney or Larry Snyder on arrival. Please arrive by 0830 for pilot briefing.

Fuel DISCOUNT for Visiting Pilots.
Attendance Prizes. Upon Arrival, be sure to Register at our Pilot Lounge.
Please Park on the North Ramp by the T- Hangars. For fuel, park on South Ramp.

RSVP if possible to “Frosty” 314-520-2815 or

June 2 Fly-In, Flea Market at A. Paul Vance Fredericktown Regional Airport

Salute to Veterans Corporation Airshow A Major Midwest Memorial Day Success

By Carmelo Turdo
The 24th annual Salute to Veterans Corporation Memorial Day airshow held at Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri this weekend was another shining example of an excellent Midwest aero experience.  The weekend airshow is just part of a series of events to honor our veterans, which also included living history programs, Salute to Veterans Parade, and Memorial Day ceremony at the Boone County Courthouse.  During the airshow, an hour-long ceremony occurs at midday to remember the local veterans who lost their lives in military service, and to recognize honored guests who have contributed to the security of this nation over the years.  Here are some views of the performers and static displays at Saturday's airshow:

From Creve Coeur, MO: Rod Hightower's Boeing A75L3 and Eric Downing's Douglas EA-1E Skyraider

MO Commemorative Air Force NA B-25J Mitchell from St. Charles, MO

Michael Kennedy's Vultee BT-13A Valiant  - Valiant Echoes

U.S. Navy Grumman C-2A Greyhound Jump Platform from NAS Norfolk, VA

U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III from Wright-Patterson AFB, OH


Jeff Maples' North American F-51D Mustang "Archie"

U.S. Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore, CA 

Kansas City Dawn Patrol World War I Scaled Replicas

Lima Lima Flight Team Beech T-34 Mentors

North American SNJ-5 Texan "Radial Velocity" No. 88

North American SNJ-5 Texan Navy Aerobatics With Clyde Zellers

Raytheon T-6C Texan II Demo Team With Michael Rambo

North American AT-6G Texan With EAA's Rod Hightower