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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

Monday, June 25, 2012

EAA Chapter 64 and Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Fly Tuskegee Airman, Youth

By Carmelo Turdo
EAA Chapter 64 and the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted about 50 teenagers and adults this weekend to introduce them to the joy of flight.  The group is associated with the Tuskegee Airmen, and special guest Dr. Granville C. Coggs from the San Antonio Chapter flew with Mr. Joe Wapelhorst in his T-34 Mentor.  The 86 year-old Tuskegee Airman aerial gunner, bombardier and B-25 pilot, radiologist, inventor, athlete, and singer among other vocations, enjoyed his flight along with the youth.  A variety of aircraft were used along with the Beechcraft T-34, including a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 172s, and Piper Saratoga.  Special thanks to St. Louis Downtown Airport management and Tuskegee Airmen organizers who arranged for participation in this activity.


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