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!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Area Residents Get Sample of Aviation Opportunities at Midwest Airport Fun Days
By Fred Harl
Visitors to the Midwest Airport Fun Days event last weekend at St. Louis Downtown Airport were offered a number of opportunities to experience aviation in one convenient location. Aircraft from the World War II "Greatest Generation" were on display, and local aviation and aerospace organizations were available to provide expert advice in the fields of RC aircraft, model rocketry, para-gliders and many others. Local flight schools offered Discovery Flights at discounted rates, and the EAA Chapter 64 provided Young Eagle Flights for youth aged 8-17. Local pilots offered rides in their vintage aircraft, and airshow pilot Patrick McAlee flew his Pitts Special "The Blue Demon" several times each day for the entertainment of the crowd. The event's host, The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, conceived the event as a community outreach as part of its mission to educate the public about area aviation history and support STEM programs in the region. Here are some scenes from Midwest Airport Fun Days, Volume 1: