Our Mission

The Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation (GYAF) was incorporated as a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation officially in December of 2019 and has received IRS tax-exempt status. The Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation's mission is to inspire youth interest in aviation. The goal is to be that “one event experience” that proves to be pivotal in changing a youth’s life forever. This mission will be achieved through the financial generosity of sponsors and donors so that individual cost is never a prerequisite for youth to participate in activities provided by GYAF.
The mobile F-4 Phantom II exhibit that puts you in a fully-restored jet fighter cockpit. This aircraft is painted to represent a similar aircraft that served in the 131st FW of the Missouri Air National Guard based in St. Louis. This exhibit is available to appear at STEM programs and community events. 

The Virtual Reality Simulator Lab uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a realistic flight experience for our visitors and flight students alike without ever leaving the ground.  Future programs will include Introduction to Flight and Selected Ground School Module Review courses. 

New fun and educational exhibits and training equipment are being added regularly, including pedal planes, this three-axis youth flight simulator and flight opportunities

Updated July 2022