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Lambert’s Role in American Aviation History Comes to Life in New Exhibition

28 November 2016
Former President Theodore Roosevelt and pilot Arch Hoxsey preparing for take-off for Roosevelt's first airplane ride. International Aviation Meet, Kinloch Field. 11 October 1910. Photograph by David M. Boyd, 1910. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Aviation. n07161.

Former President Theodore Roosevelt and pilot Arch Hoxsey preparing for take-off on Roosevelt’s first airplane flight occurring at the International Aviation Meet, Kinloch Field. 11 October 1910—Photograph by David M. Boyd, 1910 (Missouri History Museum/Photographs and Prints Collections/Aviation/n07161)

Lambert’s Role in American Aviation History Comes to Life in New Exhibition

Photo Exhibit Showcases Decades of Lambert History Based on New Missouri History Museum Press Book

The founding roots of America’s modern day aviation industry can be traced through St. Louis and Lambert–St. Louis International Airport. That amazing history is documented in a new book published by the Missouri History Museum Press, The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis’s Lambert Airport, by author Daniel L. Rust. With the release of that book this week, Lambert and the Missouri History Museum have opened a companion exhibition by the same name in The Lambert Gallery in the Bag Claim of Terminal 1.

Daniel Rust, author of "Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience"--Lambert-St. Louis International Airport image

Daniel Rust, author of “Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience”—Lambert–St. Louis International Airport image

Everything that has taken place on the airport’s footprint—from Lindbergh to American Airlines, jet airliners to space travel—constitutes a microcosm of the triumphs and tragedies of winged flight in America. The Aerial Crossroads of America chronicles the transformation of the patch of farmland leased by Albert Bond Lambert in 1920 into the sprawling international airport it is today. The book and the exhibition tell the story of Lambert but also the history of what it means to take flight in America.

The Aerial Crossroads of America features 53 large-scale reproduction photographs featured and referenced in the new book. The photos span nearly 100 years and were curated from the archives of the Missouri History Museum, Lambert Airport, The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and the personal collections of Alan Hoffman and author Daniel Rust.

The book was a project inspired and supported by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. Many of its members assisted Daniel Rust with research on the project that culminated in the publication by the Missouri History Museum Press. The Missouri History Museum curated the exhibition.

“The exhibition is a visual timeline of great moments and milestones of Lambert that reminds all of us about the great heritage this airport has in American aviation history,” said Rust.

The exhibition follows the book’s timeline, first highlighting Albert Bond Lambert’s pioneering efforts to promote air travel in the Midwest. The exhibition also covers the 1923 Air Races, Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, the U.S. Air Mail Service, the birth of American Airlines, military aviation, the rise of the aircraft manufacturing industry, the development of air traffic control, regulation and deregulation, and the transformation of Lambert after the demise of TWA and 9/11.

The Aerial Crossroads of America exhibit portion--Lambert-St. Louis International Airport image

The “Aerial Crossroads of America” exhibit portion—Lambert–St. Louis International Airport image

Daniel Rust is an assistant professor of transportation and logistics at the University of Wisconsin–Superior. Previously he served as assistant director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He earned his doctorate from the University of Idaho and is the author of Flying Across America: The Airline Passenger Experience.

The Aerial Crossroads of America will run through November 2017 in the Lambert Gallery, near the Concourse C exit in Terminal 1 Bag Claim. The exhibition is sponsored by the Lambert Art & Culture Program, which celebrates the artistic, creative, cultural and historical resources of the St. Louis region through art and exhibitions at the airport.

The Aerial Crossroads of America book is on sale at Lambert’s Hudson news and gift stores, the Missouri History Museum Shop or online where books are sold. The book is distributed by University of Chicago Press.

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Many thanks to Mr. Jeff Lea of Lambert–St. Louis International Airport for writing this welcome news as well as these fine images 🙂

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