Few things capture the power of science, technology, engineering and math like watching a fighter jet fly overhead. With that in mind, Spirit of St. Louis Airport will celebrate its 50th anniversary by bringing back its air show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, along with a STEM Expo.
The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show, last held in 2007, returns to Spirit of St. Louis Airport 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014. Visitors to the event, which is presented by Boeing, will have an opportunity to explore aircraft on the ground as well as watching acrobatic civilian and military aviation displays in the air.
Organizers hope the aviation displays will inspire children's interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, so they're offering a STEM Expo so visitors can connect what they see in the air to education and possible career paths. Kids will have an opportunity to explore more than 50 interactive, hands-on displays by Monsanto, FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, the National GeoSpatial Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Navy and others.
The STEM Expo, which is presented by MasterCard, will include robotics, experiments and information technology. Visitors can hear the U.S. Air Force Band perform "Making Math With Music," watch a robotics/EOD demonstration by the U.S. Navy, learn about cybersecurity from Webster University, play chess with the World Chess Hall of Fame and more. More than 2,000 local public schools and homeschool students will participate in a preview day May 2. Event organizers said they will hold a Facebook contest to give parents an opportunity to nominate their kids to meet one of the pilots participating in the event. The contest will be announced on the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show Facebook page.
Air show demonstrations will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each day. Aircraft scheduled to participate include U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets and C-130 Hercules; Sky Soldiers from the U.S. Army, UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra Helicopters; an AD-5 Skyraider; a B25 Mitchell; and many others. The event also includes a Military/Veteran's Village that will provide resources for veterans who are in the process of returning to civilian live and an area where visitors can help fill care packages for troops stationed overseas.
Tickets are $10 when purchased online and $12 at the gate. Children under 12 and visitors with an active military ID are free. The air show can typically be seen throughout the Chesterfield Valley area.
The air show will offer a Flight Line Club, which will include food and beverages for purchase, private portable restrooms and reserved premium seating for the airshow demonstrations. Admission to the Flight Line Club is $22 per person in advance and $25 at the gate; general event admission is included in this price. A Commander's Chalet will also be offered with these same amenities, as well as a tented dining area and lunch; tickets start at $35 for kids and $50 for adults. Visitors can also ride in the Huey, Cobra and B-17 Bomber for an additional fee. Rides in the Huey start at $75 per person; Cobra rides start at $300 per person, and the B-17 starts at $409.
Spirit of St. Louis Airport is located at 18270 Olive Street Rd., Chesterfield, Mo., 63005. Visit spirit-airshow.com for a complete schedule of activities, events and participating aircraft. The event coincides with St. Louis Navy Week April 28-May 4, 2014.