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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, July 18, 2014

Aviation Campers Experience Aviation Through Young Eagle Flights, Museum Exhibits

By Carmelo Turdo
Middle School students visited the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Thursday on a scheduled field trip as part of their participation in the Aviation Technology Academy sponsored by Rankin Technical College.  The week-long camp program offers a series of activities that illustrate career opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Students touring the museum, located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport, learned about the development of aircraft design over the last century, including pilot training technology from 1940s Link Trainers to a restored F-4 Phantom II jet fighter cockpit.  They examined the structure of a Pietenpol aircraft under restoration, and learned about the mechanics of aircraft powerplants through the use of cutaway engine exhibits.  The highlight of the visit, though, was the opportunity for each student to receive a Young Eagle Flight arranged by EAA Chapter 64, also based at the airport.  In addition to experiencing the sheer enjoyment of flight, the students gained a practical knowledge of aircraft that no doubt will remain with them in the years to come as they make their career choices. 

Special thanks to EAA Chapter 64 President Paul Voorhees, Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel, Young Eagles Ground Operations Coordinator Nick Turk, pilots Jeff Stephenson and Eve Cascella and museum staff for making this Midwest aero experience possible!

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

Students tour a Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Howard Hughes

Students inside the Lockheed Jetstar

Students head out to their Young Eagle Flights

Pilot Bob McDaniel gets ready to taxi out for a flight

Aircraft are readied for their Young Eagle Flights

Pilot Eve Cascella leads students to the aircraft 

Pilot Eve Cascella briefs the students before their flight

Pilot Jeff Stephenson briefs students before their flight

Pilot Jeff Stephenson demonstrates the pre-flight inspection

Pilot Jeff Stephenson points out the rudder on the tail

Students are shown the airport's fire apparatus

Students pose with the F-4 Phantom II jet fighter cockpit

Pietenpol under restoration shows aircraft structure and engine

Pietenpol cockpit

R3350 cutaway under restoration shows working parts

1940s Link Trainers show how pilots learned instrument flight  

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