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Aerial Crossroads of America : St. Louis's Lambert Airport (Hardcover) (Daniel L. Rust)

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The history of Lambert–St. Louis International Airport is the story of aviation over the past century. The activities on the airport’s footprint constitute a microcosm of the triumphs and tragedies of winged flight in America. This book chronicles the transformation of a patch of farmland leased by Albert Bond Lambert in 1920 into the international airport it is today. The book combines a wide variety of historical images with lively text presenting the history of the airport within the larger context of aviation history as well as national and world history.
Topics include Albert Bond Lambert’s pioneering efforts to promote aviation and air travel; the 1923 Air Races; Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis; the U.S. Air Mail service, American Airlines, Transcontinental Air Transport/TWA, Ozark Airlines, and the development of airline service in the United States; military aviation, the Missouri Air National Guard, Naval Air Reserve and Naval Air Station St. Louis in peace and war; the aircraft industry and the many civil and military aircraft and spacecraft manufactured in St. Louis by Curtiss Robertson, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Monocoupe, McDonnell Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing; general aviation activity by Robertson Aircraft, Von Hoffmann, Remmert-Werner, Rockwell, Sabreliner, and Midcoast Aviation Service; the birth and development of air traffic control, the key role played by various federal agencies in promoting and regulating aviation; the revolution in air travel resulting from the coming of jet airliners; the political struggle over the possible relocation of the region’s primary commercial airport; the coming of airline deregulation and the airlines’ response; as well as the growth and development of Lambert as an airline hub, and its downfall following the demise of TWA and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Other American airports such as those serving New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago lack both the longevity of Lambert and its range of historically significant aviation activity. Without Albert Bond Lambert and his airport, as well as the support of other air-minded St. Louisans, Charles Lindbergh would not have come to St. Louis, designed and built The Spirit of St. Louis, and flown it from New York to Paris. That alone is of enormous historical significance. The predecessors of American Airlines and TWA began their operations at Lambert. Lambert was one of the first U.S. airports to have jet airline service. Tens of thousands of civil and military aircraft, including the World War II–era C-46 transport, the first U.S. Navy jet fighter, and the first U.S. manned spacecraft, were all built at Lambert. The F-15 and the F/A-18 have been in production at Lambert for over 40 years and 35 years, respectively. For over 80 years Lambert was the scene of intensive military aviation activity, including the training of thousands of U.S. and British naval pilots in World War II. Today, La
Number of Pages: 335.0
Genre: Transportation
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Daniel L. Rust
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2016
TCIN: 52261578
UPC: 9781883982898
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-7294

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