A group of volunteers gathered to wash and paint an F-18 Hornet fighter jet mounted on display outside the St. Louis Science Center as part of its annual maintenance and upkeep. This year Big River Aviation, which does the maintenance, will donate its fee to the Greater St. Louis Area Chapter of The Ninety-Nines International, Inc., an organization of women pilots. The Ninety-Nines will use it to fund the Adela Scharr, scholarship fund. Scharr, a Ninety-Nines charter member, was the first woman in the St. Louis area to earn her commercial pilots license in 1940 and the first woman flight instructor at Lambert Field. The F-18 Hornet, dressed in Blue Angel emblems and built in St. Louis at McDonnell Douglas, had its last flight to St. Louis in 2008 for retirement and display.
Photos by Christian Gooden@post-dispatch.com