Photo Of The Week
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels depart from Lambert-St. Louis airfield in their signature, precision “Diamond” formation.
The sky was just a little more blue over Lambert on Wednesday, as the world-renowned Blue Angels made a special appearance. Their arrival came with a ceremonious fly-by in formation, which was accented with trails of white smoke. Upon landing, they taxied across the airfield to neighboring Boeing for a celebration that drew hundreds of staff wearing blue and gold collared Blue Angels shirts. The pilots met Boeing employees, toured the factory, and greeted 15 local Boeing-sponsored ROTC students. They departed Lambert at 2 p.m., heading for a Chicago air show. A pilot told the crowd how honored he was to be fulfilling the Blue Angels’ mission to inspire and encourage excellence all over the world. For more photos of the Blue Angels at Lambert, find us at FlySTL on Facebook and Twitter.
Electrician Tim Delworth installs an energy efficient LED bulb in the Terminal 1 Garage.
Approximately 3,000 light bulbs in the Terminal 1 Garage and Terminal 2 Garage will be replaced with LEDs as part of a continuing energy reduction campaign at Lambert-St. Louis. The LED bulbs are 80 percent more efficient than the halogen lights they are replacing, and are also brighter. Electricians will be working through October to complete the project, which has already begun in the Terminal 1 Garage, will move to the Terminal 2 Garage in September. The switch to LEDs is a projected $165,000 in annual energy savings. Ameren UE contributed nearly $200,000 in grants towards the $865,000 installation effort. Lambert plans to expand the use of LEDs onto the airfield in late fall.
Concrete is pumped more than 100 feet in the air to the Terminal 1 MetroLink station construction site.
The MetroLink station at Terminal 1 is undergoing its first facelift since opening in 1994. The rehabilitation project includes repairing concrete, adding tactile strips to the station platform, upgrading the electrical system, painting, and adding energy efficient LED lights. An areal boom pump delivered concrete to the elevated platform from a mixing truck 105 feet below. A coating of epoxy had been applied an hour before, to help adhere to the new pour to the existing surface. A worker on the platform directed the crane via remote control, while workers smoothed and shaped the mixture into place. Fresh paint and a rust preventative were also being applied to parts of the structure. We’re looking forward to the finished look!
A Southwest Airlines’ plane flies alongside an airfield construction zone.
If you put all of Lambert Airport’s runways end-to-end, it would total over 10.3 miles. That’s a LOT of pavement! What you may not know, is that all of the concrete on the airfield is 17 inches thick, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. In a summer-long process, airfield construction crews are replacing an area approximately 550 feet long by 450 feet wide on the E-Pad, which is a designated waiting zone for aircraft. You can see where the old concrete was cut away from the existing surface. It was then crushed for use as one of several permeable sub-layers beneath the new concrete pour, which is expected to be 12,500 cubic yards. The airfield remains fully operational during the construction, with planes taking off and landing around the site. This Southwest plane is using runway 12L, which measures 9,003 feet long and 150 feet wide.
Cargo jets carrying General Motors automobile parts park on the airfield J-Pad in sight of Terminal 2.
Ever wish your car could fly? Perhaps you still do! Well, it’s entirely possible that pieces of your car have already taken to the skies. A special delivery of 342,000 pounds of vehicle transmissions arrived at Lambert this week, intended for use at a nearby General Motors plant. Ten cargo aircraft, which included Boeing 727s, 737s, and MD80s, carried the 171 ton shipment from Mexico to St. Louis. The planes arrived via a Michigan-based charter company on behalf of General Motors. Interestingly, the 727’s pictured here were once passenger jets that have since been converted for cargo use. As many as five aircraft containing the auto parts were parked on the airfield at a time. How long does it take to unload 36,000 pounds of cargo per plane? About 30 minutes each.
Minions overtake Hudson News stores throughout Lambert Airport!
With the release of the Minions movie in theaters July 10, the lovable, mischievous creatures have been spotted in droves throughout the Airport. It’s hard to miss their bright yellow color as you walk through the concourses, either on display, or in passenger’s hands as recent purchases. Minion Madness has definitely arrived at Lambert, and it’s tons of fun! Hudson News stores have Minions available in all shapes and sizes, as well as on a variety of merchandise including play sets, candy, lunchboxes and beverage tumblers, to name a few.
Vanessa and Annika joined their family in celebrating the new Alaska Airlines’ flight between Portland, OR and St. Louis.
It was all cake and smiles at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Lambert celebrated the launch of three new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX, Jackson, TN and Portland, OR for the week of June 28. The Airport joined Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines in throwing a party at the gate for the first flights to Austin and Portland. Custom cakes were shaped as luggage decorated with each city’s destination airport code. Passengers and guests could choose from a table full of cupcakes, too. Kelli and Eric Hanson and their three daughters, Vanessa, Annika and Ava were on Alaska’s first flight. They received celebration cookies before departing. When they arrived in St. Louis, they walked right into the STL cake party, which also included live music. As you can see from the picture above, the girls were off to a very SWEET trip.
It’s the final camp circle for campers who are heading home after two weeks of fun at Camp Sabra on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a gateway for millions of folks, including campers who arrive to begin adventures and life-long friendships at Camp Sabra on the Lake of the Ozarks. A group of 16 campers returned to Lambert Friday to fly back to Texas after spending two weeks away from home. We found them huddled together on the floor in Terminal 2 with backpacks and belongings, no doubt reliving many fun memories. They experienced the joys of overnight camping on the lake: waterskiing, kayaking, waterslides, sailing and swimming. When not in the water, they tackled a zipline, team sports, arts & crafts and all sorts of other camp activities. Some counselors accompanied the campers not only to the airport, but on their flights home to reunite with their parents.
New plantings bask in the sun as they await mulch outside of the entrance to Terminal 2.
It seems everywhere you look at Lambert, a project is underway to beautify the property and improve the customer experience. Lambert International Boulevard is really greening-up, as major landscaping renovations are currently underway. The weather turned out just perfect for the new plantings, with a healthy dose of sunshine early in the week, followed by consecutive cool, rainy days. To prepare for the new foliage, crews spent the previous week removing dated and overgrown shrubbery. Hundreds of new bushes and trees are scheduled to be planted in the next several weeks. Noticeable improvements can be seen all along Lambert International Blvd., which connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Members of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs perform on the lower-level stage in Terminal 1.
On Monday, The St. Louis Children’s Choirs were departing for their European Tour, and graciously gave a brief performance of the pieces they will be singing overseas. They gathered an audience of several dozen people including parents, Airport employees, and intrigued travelers. Their melodious voices carried throughout both levels of the Terminal, drawing some onlookers from above through the atrium, which is where this photo was captured. An exciting start to both their adventure, and our work week! The St. Louis Children's Choirs currently have a window display in the T1 baggage claim, where travelers and visitors can learn more about the Choirs and their mission.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.