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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

Friday, March 25, 2011

St. Louis Aviation Pioneer Carl "Chub" Wheeler, 99, Honored by Local Daedalian Flight

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!

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