“Black Americans in Flight” is an 8-foot x 51-foot multi-panel painting that pays tribute to African-American achievements in aviation from 1917 through the late 1980s. The historic mural includes 75 portraits, 18 aircraft, three American Bald Eagles, five unit patches and one spacecraft.
The Committee for the Aviation Mural Projects Success (CAMPS) launched the mural project in 1984. In 1986 CAMPS commissioned local artists Spencer Taylor and Solomon Thurman to create and develop a mural to honor St. Louis African-American pilots of World War II. Taylor and Thurman were both McDonnell Douglas employees at the time.
Since the formal dedication ceremonies on August 13, 1990, the mural has been permanently displayed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It's located in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim near the exit of the C Concourse exit across from the Meeting Place. The mural is one of the largest paintings in the world honoring Tuskegee Airmen, including nearly two dozen St. Louis pilots and crew.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.