The Missouri National Guard at Lambert removes 1968 F-4 Phantom from display on Tuesday.
Lots of folks are saying their goodbyes to the three historic fighter jets that have been proudly displayed for two decades outside of the Missouri National Guard at Lambert. Two of the iconic jets flew for the last time this week, and for those close to their heritage, it became a very emotional moment. This tactical fighter jet served in the Vietnam War, and is a legacy piece for the 131 Bomb Wing. The stars painted near the cockpit memorialize the aircraft’s two confirmed enemy planes it brought down in combat. Even with most of the avionics removed, at 15 tons, it required a massive 100 ft. crane to lift the fighter jet from its display pedestal to an awaiting flatbed truck. All three jets will be dismantled and relocated to their final resting place in Whiteman Air Force Base Heritage Park. On Friday morning the F-100 was removed in similar fashion, and the F-15 will come down next week.
Jacqueline Taylor of Lambert’s Business Diversity Development Office shares information at the Business Diversity Forum.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is holding its first ever job fair to help fill dozens of vacancies for a wide range of airport jobs for the City of St. Louis. The job fair is free and open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the B Concourse of Terminal 1.
The Airport has more than 40 job openings. Attendees can also get information on other City of St. Louis civil service jobs with vacancies in over 40 job categories. The job fair will outline how to apply for jobs with the City of St. Louis. A limited number of computer terminals will be available to file online applications. No paper applications will be accepted during the event.
The Airport is looking to fill vacancies in multiple departments: airfield maintenance, electric shop, building maintenance, climate control (HVAC), materials management (supply chain), fleet maintenance, and information technology and airport police. Representatives from each department at the Airport will greet attendees, answer questions, and provide information on their career field and current job openings.
Attendees will receive complimentary parking in the Terminal 1 Garage. The B Concourse is located across from Starbucks in the lower level of Terminal 1.
For more information on the job fair, contact Lambert Airport Human Resources at 314-890-1335 or 314-426-8024.
Click here to view the complete list of Civil Service jobs vacancies with the Airport and the City of St. Louis.
Weddings at the airport? Absolutely. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has expanded its offerings of special event, business, and private gathering spaces with sweeping views of the airfield, expert catering services, and peak amenities.
View the full list of venues, rates, and amenities here.
The newest location is Lambert’s B Concourse, which provides the perfect backdrop for large gatherings with nearly 26,000 square feet of customizable space in a pre-secure area for easy access. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow a wash of natural sunlight during the day, and at night offer a view of the airfield’s glistening lights. Some of the many B Concourse rental features include private restrooms, A/V setup, stage setup, and separate breakout rooms. Events include 5 hours of parking. The B Concourse is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the Terminal 1 parking garage, and available for weddings, business gatherings, reunions, galas, banquets, conferences, and other special events. Rental rates are $1,500 for 5 hours on weekends, and $1,300 for 5 hours on weekdays.
The Lindbergh Conference Room is also a new meeting and event facility for St. Louis business gatherings. This 1,200 square foot space is located on the pre-security upper-level of Terminal 1, and boasts beautiful views of the airfield, space for up to 200 people, and convenient access from the entire airport complex and MetroLink. The facility is fully equipped for A/V needs with wireless and overhead microphones, HDMI and VGA plugins, electric outlets imbedded into an 18-seat conference table, front projector screen with six additional monitors, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Lindbergh Conference Room is available for $100/hour, or $600 daily. Catering is also available.
Lambert’s original event space, offered at the Missouri Vineyards and Norton conference rooms, are conveniently located pre-security on the Ticketing level of Terminal 1. Connected to the Missouri Vineyards restaurant, there are three distinct spaces for social events, small conferences or one-on-one meetings. The largest space offers elevated views of the airfield for up to 120 guests. Catering and discount parking are available. Operated by HMSHost, these areas can be rented for up to $95/hour or $500 daily.
Crew of American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner chat underneath the plane as the sun rises at Lambert.
American Airlines is getting ready to launch their Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Lambert has been a frequent stop during this period of training, testing, and certifications for the aircraft and crew as it prepares for its grand debut. Lambert has also been preparing for the new-age of aircraft that the Dreamliner ushers in. Lambert recently rehabbed two additional gates in the C Concourse; one being specifically equipped to accommodate the 787 for both scheduled, and unscheduled flights. This is the first Dreamliner for American Airlines, who begins passenger service in May out of Dallas/Fort Worth. This aircraft seats 242 passengers and has an impressive wingspan of 200 feet. It was a real treat this week when we were invited to see the Dreamliner up-close for the first time Monday morning and take photographs.
Ribbon cutting for the first Southwest Airlines' flight out of Lambert-St. Louis. (upper left) Southwest's 30th birthday party celebration. (upper right) Southwest airliner arriving this morning at Lambert. (bottom)
Southwest celebrates 30 years after it began service at Lambert on St. Patrick's Day in 1985. Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, was joined by several St. Louis area leaders for an inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony at their single gate. Southwest's initial service out of St. Louis consisted of 19 flights a day to Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, and New Orleans. Over the past 30 years, Southwest Airlines has become Lambert's biggest airline, operating nearly 100 flights a day to 36 destinations.
Southwest Airlines' St. Louis team celebrated by having a 30th birthday party today at Lambert, as shown in the top right photo. Employees enjoyed food, beverages, small carnival games, and a huge celebratory custom cake.
Lambert Airfield Maintenance repaints an airfield roadway sign in the warm weather.
We got a taste of spring weather in STL this week, and it felt amazing! Our Airfield Maintenance crews wasted no time in starting projects that were held-off by the winter weather. On Thursday, we caught Airfield Maintenance repainting one of Lambert’s airfield vehicle roadway stop signs using a special sprayer. This type of roadway marking is not intended for aircraft, but for the many other automobiles that traverse the airfield. Signage in high frequency areas like these are to encourage vehicle safety and alertness while maneuvering around aircraft, and each other. The location of this project was just outside of the A Concourse.
American Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at Lambert Airport in view of Terminal 1.
We’ve had a lot of excited visitors and staff who have spotted American Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner making several surprise visits to Lambert this week. This is the first Dreamliner for American Airlines, and it has been making brief stops into Lambert while performing a series of test runs in preparation for its debut passenger flight on May 7 from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Chicago (ORD). This aircraft will start flying daily between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Beijing (PEK) on June 2, and begin flights between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Buenos Aires (EZE) on June 4. With a wingspan of nearly 200 feet (the length of four semi-trucks parked end-to-end), this massive 242 passenger aircraft has been quite a sight to see!
A Delta jetliner is deiced during Thursday’s winter snowfall.
Thursday morning, St. Louis was enveloped in beautiful snow flurries that lasted into the afternoon. People in the region were all bundled-up trying to stay warm and dry, and so were our planes here at Lambert! So, how DOES a giant aircraft stay warm and dry in winter weather? With a special deicing shower! To cover an entire jetliner quickly it requires 2-3 people at time, each on specialized hydraulic lifts. The spray is pressurized and heated, which causes billowing clouds of white steam as the hot spray hits the frozen air. The liquid itself is a dark orange color, which demarcates well on the aircraft. Depending on your view from the terminals, you may be able to catch a glimpse of this process next time you fly on a snowy day!
Two crew members fuel this American Eagle jet in freezing weather.
St. Louis has been extra cold and snowy this week with temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Here at Lambert we’ve got hundreds of incredible crew members who are out in the elements every day keeping our planes coming and going safely. Next time you’re flying, take a look out our terminal windows and watch these teams work. It’s fascinating! We spotted these two crew members bundled-up for the winter weather inspecting the fuel pump of an outbound American Eagle jetliner. Did you know that most passenger jets fuel-up through the wing? These under wing workers wear reflective gear and vivid, fluorescent vests to remain highly visible in varying weather conditions. We’ve got some great people taking care of our thousands of travelers each day, and whatever the weather, these crews are having a great time doing what they love.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.