|By Carmelo Turdo|
Special guests at the meeting included the leadership from the St. Louis Science Center: President and CEO Bert Vescolani, Chief Institutional Advancement Officer G. Patrick Williams, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Patti LaBrott and Commissioner Kent Schien. Mr. Vescolani and Mr. Schien addressed the group, expressing their appreciation for what the Missouri Aviation Historical Society does for the aviation community and discussing the future programs, including the acquisition of an F-15 Eagle fighter on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force for the St. Louis Science Center's budding air park.
St. Louis Science Center President and CEO Bert Vescolani (L) and Commissioner Kent Schien
As an introduction to the Streak Eagle's flights, the following video (here in two parts) was shown to provide context for the meeting's discussion:
Following the video, several authorities on the program were present to give a presentation on the flights and provide expert and eye-witness accounts of ground and air activities. Among them were Eric Garrison, son of McDonnell Douglas Test Pilot Charles "Pete" Garrison, John Roberts, Bob West, test pilot Joe Dobronski and other McDonnell Douglas retirees.
|Eric Garrison introduces the F-15 Streak Eagle presentation|
|John Roberts describes the flights|
|Eric Garrison with Joe Dobronski|
|Eric Garrison, Joe Dobronski, Bob West, John Roberts, Dan O'Hara|
and F-15 Aerodynamicist Jack Abercrombie
|John Roberts cuts the 40th Anniversary cake|