The Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation welcomed Dewey Larson of DreamBig Entertainment during hs visit to Creve Coeur Airport on Monday. He made the noon-time stop at the Foundation while on a trip from last weekend's airshow in St. Joseph, MO to an upcoming event site in Florida. On the current tour, Larson is offering DreamBig's Top Gun Maverick Experience featuring an F/A-18 Hornet cockpit exhibit resembling the jet used in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick movie. The visit was a great opportunity to feature the DreamBig Hornet and the Foundation's F-4 Phantom II cockpit in a unique McDonnell Douglas/Boeing aircraft heritage photo session With Dewey Larson and Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation Founder, Joe Steimann.
The Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation uses the F-4 Phantom II cockpit exhibit as a community outreach to inspire the next generation to pursue aviation careers. In just over a year, the Foundation has refreshed and repainted the cockpit and has participated in events around the St. Louis area. The Foundation also offers other STEM-related programs, including a Bell OH-58 restoration, flight simulator lab and hands-on activities for young students. The F-4 Phantom cockpit will also be featured in the upcoming Youth Aviation Day event on June 5 at Creve Coeur Airport.