A new exhibit at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport may bring back memories for some travelers and serve as a history lesson for others. The new exhibit, sponsored by The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, gives passengers a glimpse of historical artifacts from Ozark Airlines, Trans World Airlines and flight instruments from the days of Lambert Field. This abbreviated history lesson lasts as long as it takes visitors to walk by the display cases. But many visitors can’t resist stopping to read the information about the well preserved treasures.
The exhibit showcases important memorabilia including the uniforms and travel bags of former stewardesses and pilots from Trans World Airlines and Ozark Airlines. Travelers will also see samples of old airline tickets from most of Lambert Airport’s current carriers. The display cases are filled with unique items reminiscent of the early days of aviation including a TWA customer blanket, a key chain and matches from the elite TWA Ambassadors Club. The exhibit is not without military presence with an actual ejection seat from a fighter jet. A poster of Teddy Roosevelt in an open biplane in 1910 at Kinloch Field is further proof of St. Louis’ place in aviation history. The airport’s name changed several times from Kinloch Field to Lambert Field to its current name, Lambert- St. Louis International Airport.
Passengers wishing to learn more can visit the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum for additional aviation history. The museum is located at the downtown St. Louis Airport in Cahokia, Illinois.
The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is operated by volunteers and is only open on the weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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