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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 30, 2014

Fair St. Louis Air Show 2014 - Gone But Not Forgotten - Part One: Warbirds

By Leo Cachat
As we head towards the 4th of July, I thought it would be a good time to celebrate America's Independence with a look back at what had become a traditional Midwest airshow: Fair St. Louis.  This year it was decided that the airshow would not take place due to the change in venue for the fair.  Construction on the Gateway Arch grounds has forced the fair to move to Forest Park in the heart of St. Louis, and the airshow was just not feasible or safe due to the layout of the park. The reasons for the cancellation could be debated, but instead I thought it would be nice to showcase the performers who entertained us during the 2013 Fair St. Louis airshow. For The Aero Experience, it was a whirlwind week with aircraft arriving on July 2nd and aerial action taking us all the way through July 6th. The aircraft were based at The Aero Experience's home at St. Louis Downtown Airport, which also is the location of the St. Louis Air and Space Museum which hosted the EAA's B-17 "Aluminum Overcast."  The Aero Experience team took thousands of photographs of the week's flying activities, and we are proud to present this look back with these never before posted photos.  Today we'll showcase the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast," the F4U-5N Corsair and the P-51C Redtail Mustang "Tuskegee Airmen By Request."


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