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

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Holds Summer Fly-In and Open House

By Carmelo Turdo
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum held its Summer Fly-In and Open House Saturday at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2, St. Louis Downtown Airport.  The Museum offered some new exhibits for this year's event, such as the newly refurbished McDonnell Aircraft factory cart, F-4 Phantom II cockpit simulator, and GAT II instrument trainer.  A variety of aircraft were on display, including the Cessna 152, 162 Skycatcher and 172 Skyhawk; Aviat A-1B Husky, Luscombe 8F, MO CAF Aeronca L-3E, a Bowers Fly Baby two-ship fly-by, an ultralight, powered parachute, and other general aviation aircraft that flew in throughout the day.  Also, a Waco UPF-7 from St. Louis Biplane Rides gave flights over the downtown St. Louis area.  

The Museum staff wishes to thank the following for their assistance in making this event an enjoyable one:
Fly-in and drive-in guests, Ideal Aviation, St. Louis Downtown Airport management, EAA Chapter 64, Gateway Area Ultralight Association, St. Louis Flight Training, Air Associates of Missouri, Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing, St. Louis Biplane Rides, St. Louis Flight Simulator, Missouri Pilots Association Gateway Chapter, and The Aero Experience.

Here are some scenes from Saturday:

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2

Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Howard Hughes

Museum Simulators and Link Trainers

Mike Saettele of St. Louis Flight Simulator

Corey Tomczak flies the F-4 Simulator

Museum surplus sale was held in the hangar

Jack Beetz brought his unmanned aerial vehicle

Rick Rehg, Rich Dann and Mark Nankivil serve up lunch

Museum President Mark Nankivil serves lunch to visitors

MPA Gateway Chapter holds their meeting during lunch

Bob McDaniel's powered parachute and car

Cessna Aircraft: 152, 162 Skycatcher and 172 Skyhawk

Lineup of Cessna Aircraft

Cessna 152 from St. Louis Flight Training

Nathan Boland with Air Associates of Missouri Cessna Skycatcher

Bob McDaniel's Cessna 172 Skyhawk

John and Elizabeth Schaefer's Aviat A-1B Husky

Joe Hecker's Luscombe 8F Silvaire

MO Wing CAF Aeronca L-3E

Bill Rohland's Quicksilver MXL Ultralight

John Murphy's RV-8

St. Louis Biplane Rides Waco UPF-7

Museum Staff rides in McDonnell Aircraft Factory Cart 


Leo Cachat, Fred Harl, Mark Nankivil, Jack Nankivil, Carmelo Turdo

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