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Missouri History Museum Returning Lindbergh Monocoupe to Lambert Terminal 1

Charles Lindbergh’s plane, which had previously hung in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since 1979 (see left), returns to its place of welcoming passengers to the St. Louis airport. Lindbergh’s 1934 Model D–127 Monocoupe, an iconic symbol to many St. Louis travelers, has been absent for more than two years because of terminal renovations. The plane will be reinstalled late Saturday, October 19. 

Over the course of its more than 30 years hanging in Lambert, the monocoupe was been exposed to dust and other airborne pollutants along with the stress of being suspended from the ceiling. The cumulative effect of these conditions made it necessary for the plane to undergo a complete conservation effort in order to ensure the continued preservation of the aircraft. Stress fractures along several seams in the plane’s fabric covering and the tears caused by general wear required professional attention. When Lambert announced that Terminal 1 would be renovated, the Missouri History Museum worked with Lambert to remove the plane and use the time needed to complete the renovations to conserve the plane.

Charles Lindbergh’s Monocoupe plane was built by Lambert Aircraft Corporation in August 1934 and was one of the first three planes built completely in St. Louis by the company. Lindbergh donated the plane to the Missouri History Museum in 1940.

Before Lindbergh’s plane was placed on display in at Lambert Airport in 1979, Museum staff studied it and found that they had to deal with some issues. They contacted the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 32, and with the help of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, the plane was prepared for long-term display.

Preserving Lindbergh’s Legacy

Late in March 2011, Museum employees, including Curator Sharon Smith and Conservator Linda Landry, assisted specialty contractors with moving the Monocoupe from Lambert to a storage hangar. Little did they know that a mere two weeks later a tornado would rip through the airport, damaging the very spot where the Monocoupe had hung since 1979.

Conservator Linda Landry managed the conservation effort.  Test results revealed that the fabric of the Lindbergh Monocoupe was the original 1934 aircraft skin. This is exceedingly rare for an aircraft to have maintained its original covering for so long. Once the age of the fabric and covering was established, all effort was made to retain the historic integrity of the plane.

The Monocoupe was constructed using “fabric and dope,” a process still used today. Historic materials and the passage of time create unique challenges for preservation and conservation. In this type of construction, fabric is fitted over the frame and then covered with several layers of airplane dope, a lacquer that is used to protect, waterproof, and make taut the cloth surfaces of airplanes. As the dope dries it shrinks, causing the material to stretch tightly over the frame, creating a smooth surface. Unfortunately, the dope never stops shrinking, so over the years the ever-tightening fabric can put pressure on the framework until the fabric either tears to relieve the stress or weaker parts of the interior structure snap.

Landry and her conservation lab assistant Cailin Carter performed the conservation treatment. The conservation team repaired seams and tears with precision patches and paint compounds. A full inch by inch cleaning of the interior and exterior of the plane was undertaken to remove nearly 34 years of accumulated contaminants.

New T1 Bag Claim Entrance/Exit to Open after Renovation

The makeover of Terminal 1 entrances that connect the Bag Claim level with Arrivals Drive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is moving to the second and final phase.

On Tuesday, Oct 1, Lambert will re-open Terminal 1 Entry/Exit 17 which has been renovated with new sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways. Entry/Exit 17 is the main exit for the passenger pick- up zone, car rental shuttles and hotel shuttles.

Also on Tuesday, Lambert will close Terminal 1 Entry/Exit 12 which will also be fully renovated with the same glass and steel architecture over the walkways. The second phase of construction will close one lane of traffic near the work zone.  The loading zone for Super Park shuttles and the Terminal 2 Shuttle, normally located on the curb of the terminal, will be moved to the center island on Arrivals Drive during construction. The project is slated to be completed in three to four months, weather permitting.

The new all-glass enclosed walkways will better enhance Lambert’s historic terminal architecture. The project is being funded with support from the Eastman Chemical Company. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways.

Anheuser-Busch Honors Budweiser with New Airport Concept

The iconic history of Budweiser comes alive in St. Louis with the new bar & restaurant concept at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. EIGHTEEN|76, now open in Lambert’s Concourse E in Terminal 2 (Gate E10), pays homage to the founding year of Budweiser, first brewed in the original St. Louis Anheuser-Busch brewery and still brewed there today.

EIGHTEEN|76 is the first airport location for this nostalgic concept which will feature mural accents of Budweiser history with an interior finish that features beechwood, brick and dark metal finishes. A reclaimed aged beech­­wood and stainless steel bar are highlighted with bright re­d seats and accent lighting.

The new concept was developed in partnership with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and HMSHost, the master food concessionaire at the airport, with valuable input from Anheuser-Busch.

“The city of St. Louis has a great deal of history and HMSHost is proud to help honor this with the opening of EIGHTEEN|76,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Stephen Douglas. “Bringing EIGHTEEN|76 to Terminal 2 provides travelers with an authentic St. Louis experience and a taste of local culture.”  

The bar features nearly a dozen beers in both draft and bottles. EIGHTEEN|76 will also have a top flight wine list. Drinks can be paired with complementary menu items like the roast beef hero sandwich, Gus’ pressed pretzel (with Shock Top Belgian White mustard), farm house cheese plates, steakhouse caprese salad and roasted red pepper hummus with grilled garlic flatbread.   

To celebrate the opening of EIGHTEEN|76 on September 24, Anheuser-Busch gave passengers and airport visitors a unique surprise in Terminal 2. One of the Budweiser Clydesdales made a special appearance inside the ticketing level of Terminal 2 to greet both arriving and departing passengers. 

Eddie Bauer Brings Fresh Look and Designs to Lambert Airport

The legendary Eddie Bauer has expanded into the airport frontier with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as the newest home for the retailer offering classic outdoor sportswear, business casual apparel and accessories.  

The new Eddie Bauer at Lambert is only the second airport location in the country, located in the C Concourse adjacent to Gate C6.  The store is one of the keystone changes in a year-long retail makeover by the Hudson Group (JG-St. Louis JV) which became the primary news, gifts and specialty concessionaire at Lambert in February. 

The 1,500 sq. ft. Eddie Bauer store features an iconic timber and stone entrance with a rustic wood theme interior that offers the perfect backdrop for a large mix of clothing and gear for men and women.  The Lambert Eddie Bauer store will feature polo’s, blouses, dress shirts, sports shirts, sweaters, pants, shorts, jeans, jackets, fleece, accessories, watches and a collection of backpacks and travel duffels.

Hudson is in its final phase of launching new brands and renovating all retail locations in Lambert terminals and concourses. The launch began with the opening of its flagship Hudson travel convenience store (news, magazines, books, snacks, technology) which is now in multiple locations at the Airport. Earlier this summer, Hudson opened Natalie’s Candy Jar in Concourse C and E as well as a Maxiga in Concourse A. Other new stores include Discover St. Louis, Kids Works, Bliss, Spectacles and Ebony News. A  CNN Newsstand in Concourse E will open later this fall.

“Eddie Bauer just adds to a great mix of new, bright and attractive stores at Lambert,” said Airport Director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The retail transformation isn’t complete but we’ve already seen great results from the opening of each new store. We’ve received very favorable responses and reviews from our customers so far.”

Lambert Airport in St. Louis, MO serves nearly 13 million passengers annually with 250 daily flights to 60 non-stop destinations.  

More Passengers Can Now Participate in TSA Pre-Check at Lambert

The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre-Check program for expedited screening has been expanded this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to include Delta and United flights in the A Concourse.  This TSA program at Lambert began in 2012 with American and then US Air flights in the C concourse.

The TSA Pre-Check is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.  Passengers flying with the participating airlines can enroll in TSA’s Pre-Check through their airline’s frequent flier programs. Travelers can also participate through enrollment in the CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs.

 To date, more than 12 million travelers have already experienced TSA Pre-Check at dozens of airports nationwide.  The program will be expanded to even more airports this fall with additional ways to register online. For more information on enrolling in TSA Pre-Check, please visit the TSA website at www.tsa.gov.

Airport Fire and Rescue Crews to Conduct Live Fire Training This Week

(St. Louis) The St. Louis Airport Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) will participate in a live-burn simulation as part of a training exercise this week on September 11, 12 and 13.   The training will take place near the Lambert Airfield in a secured area off of Navaid Road.

The training exercise uses a Mobile Aircraft Trainer, a 50 foot fuselage capable of producing simulated fires including a fully engulfed aircraft.  The mobile trainer is provided by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, which conducts more than a dozen firefighting courses annually across the country. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires annual aircraft rescue and firefighting training with live fires for airport emergency response personnel.

Art of Travel Tickets on Sale Now to Support Art at Lambert

(St. Louis) Tickets are now on sale for the premier social event of the year at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The 3rd Annual Art of Travel, on October 10, will celebrate Lambert’s newest art installations and raise more funds for future permanent and temporary exhibits.

The event will transport guests back to the awesome ‘80s in Lambert’s B Concourse (Terminal 1) with that decade infused across food, beverages and music. The popular silent auction, featuring some of St. Louis’ top artists, returns for another year. Guests will also be able to become artists themselves with a group participation art project for that evening. The event, from 6-8 p.m., is co-chaired by Solomon and Pat Smith Thurman, owners of the 10th Street Gallery. Tickets can be purchased at www.flystl.com/artoftravel. Guests will receive complimentary parking at the Airport with their tickets.

This year, Art of Travel is presented by Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions, a new venture by The Laclede Group and Siemens Industry, Inc. The first compressed natural gas fueling station from Spire will open just west of Lambert later this year.  More than two dozen other partners are also sponsoring the Art of Travel which is helping to transform the Airport with local and international works bringing a new sense of place for visitors and local residents alike.    

The Art of Travel Host Committee Includes: David Allen, Susan Barrett, Laura Helling, Marilu Knode, Jill McGuire, Roseann Weiss and Harper Barnes, Freida L. Wheaton, Faith Berger, Dwyer Brown, Lois Conley, Adrienne Davis, Dianne and George Garrison, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Margaret McDonald, Meridith McKinley, Boo McLaughlin, Kiku Obata, Tricia Paik, Julie and William Shearburn, Mary Ann Srenco and Donna Wilkinson.

The inaugural Art of Travel event in 2011 helped provide immediate financial support for a multi-colored terrazzo floor medallion inlay, New Village, by St. Louis artist Alicia LaChance.  It also funded new exhibitions at Lambert’s Meeting Place Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim. The second annual Art of Travel in 2012 raised more than $54,000. A majority of those funds will support a new art installation in the new Terminal 1 Atrium adjacent to the Airport’s new entertainment stage. An artist selection process is underway and will wrap up this fall with installation set for 2014.

Private Jet Provider, Jet Linx, Launches in St. Louis

Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge addresses audience during JetLinx press conference Wednesday.

The conversion of some former Missouri Air National Guard (MOANG) facilities at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is underway for the creation of a new base for Jet Linx, a company that offers private jet services for its members.

Renovations have begun on two former military buildings to create a private terminal and hangar for Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC, an affiliate of Jet Linx Aviation of Omaha, NE. Currently, there are eight other Jet Linx locations across the country: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Omaha, San Antonio and Scottsdale. The renovations sit on two acres west of Lambert’s Terminal 1 on the south side of the airfield. The St. Louis Airport Commission and the City of St. Louis approved a 10-year lease with the Jet Linx St. Louis, LLC. Following renovations, operations at the new Jet Linx facilities are scheduled to begin in September.

The MOANG facilities at Lambert were downsized in 2009 with a majority of operations relocated to Whiteman Air Force Base. In the past two years, Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge led an effort to explore new private uses for some of the facilities which were under a long-term lease by the government. MOANG leaders agreed to relinquish a portion of its leasehold and relocate additional military operations to other St. Louis facilities making it possible for new uses in a portion of the MOANG complex at Lambert.

“Working with Jet Linx and the Missouri Air National Guard on this exchange was a great example of government and private sector co-operation on a venture that benefits Lambert and the St. Louis Region,” Hamm-Niebruegge said.

“We are thrilled to be investing in the economic development of St. Louis and the continued expansion of Lambert International” said Jim Mauzé, Base President of Jet Linx St. Louis, “We pride ourselves on local operations and see tremendous potential for growth now and in the future.”

Second Wave of New Stores by Hudson Group Now Open at Lambert

The second wave of retail stores by the Hudson Group (JG-St. Louis JV) adds a sweet taste and a lot of color for passengers coming through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.  Natalie’s Candy Jar and Maxiga stores are the latest retail shops to open to rave reviews since Hudson Group became the primary news, gifts and specialty concessionaire in February.

Natalie’s Candy Jar offers passengers traditional chocolates and candies and a taste of nostalgia.  The store’s philosophy is simple:  fresh and delicious chocolates and candies, upscale confectionery gift items and superior customer service.  Natalie’s offers passengers a large variety of tasty treats with over 300 conventional, proprietary and hard to find candies as well as candy related gift items.  The store also features a large bulk selection and a generous assortment of sugar-free treats and nuts for the health conscious passenger. 

The well-known brand candy store opened Wednesday, July 24 in Terminal 1 on Concourse C and Terminal 2, completing the second wave of the Hudson Group’s retail transformation at Lambert Airport.  Natalie’s Candy Jar has already proven to be a hit with passengers.  “We’re very happy with the reception the store has received from passengers and airport personnel.  Everyone was in the store the first day looking and buying and that’s what we want,” said Rick Raby, Hudson Group General Manager. 

Colorful and fun are two words defining another new retail shop in Terminal 1 on Concourse A.  Passengers will be sure to find that whimsical, one-of-a-kind gift in Maxiga, which opened July 4.  Lambert is home to the first Maxiga outside of New York City.  Maxiga carries tech novelties, stationery, kitchen accessories and kids’ toys.  Passengers will find gift items that are both fun and functional. 

“We’re excited about the latest stores to open by the Hudson Group.  They’re fun, bright and bring yet another dimension to our growing efforts to expand our retail options for passengers,” said Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  

Hudson and its business partners will operate 14 retail locations once it completes its build-out stores.  Other stores that were opened in the first phase include Hudson News & Gifts, Spectacles, Bliss, Discover St. Louis and Kids Works.  The third and final phase is currently under construction.  The stores in this phase include Eddie Bauer, Ebony News, CNN Newsstand St. Louis and other Hudson news & gift locations.  

Lambert Gets Jump Start to Summer with Increase in Passengers

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported an increase of 3.2 percent in total passengers for May 2013 versus May 2012.  This is the third straight monthly increase and the largest increase in passenger traffic in 2013.

In May, 1,259,582 passengers traveled through Lambert versus 1,124,115 in 2011. Year to date, more than five million passengers have traveled through the Airport for an overall increase of 1.3 percent versus the first five months of 2012.

Total passengers include both departing and arriving passengers. Enplanements for May were 593,402 passengers. Deplanements (arrivals) were 566,180.  

Total aircraft departures which include commercial passenger aircraft and cargo held statistically even at 7,520 (0.4% increase) over 2011.

Lambert currently serves 11 airlines (and related affiliates) which are operating 258 daily non-stop flights to 63 destinations.  In addition to daily scheduled flights, there are several weekly charter flights to Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Dominica Republic operating out of Lambert.

 For more details on the current air traffic, please click here.

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