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Blue skies,

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

Sunday, October 7, 2012

EAA Chapter 64 and Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Open House Offers High-Flying Fun

By Carmelo Turdo
EAA Chapter 64 and the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum added another dimension to Saturday's Fall Fly-In - flight opportunities in a Waco biplane and T-6 Texan warbird.  Visitors to St. Louis Downtown Airport were offered the chance to purchase flights at a discount rate in Kevin Kegin's 1941 Waco UPF-7 open cockpit biplane and Greg Vallero's AT-6F Texan warbird trainer, both based at the airport.  Several people took rides in each aircraft, including our own Fred Harl (Aero Three) in the Texan and Mark Nankivil (Aero Two) in the Waco.  The Museum and EAA chapter 64 displayed their aircraft and current projects on the ramp between historic Curtiss-Wright Hangars 1 and 2, and other organizations, such as IPMA, SWIC, Wicks Aircraft Supply and the Lions Club also contributed to the variety of activities available to visitors.  Here are some scenes from Saturday's event:   

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum displays (


EAA Chapter 64 members displayed their aircraft and projects (



Other displays were also on the ramp:


Other Organizations also participated in the event
International Plastic Modelers Society, Gateway Chapter:

Lions Club Member Becky Henderson gave free eye screenings:

Mark Nankivil (Aero Two) took a ride in Kevin Kegin's Waco (

Fred Harl (Aero Three) took a ride in Greg Vallero's T-6 Texan (

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