The Missouri Aeronautical Society and Albert Bond Lambert lease 170 acres of farm land in Bridgeton to establish an airfield. Major Lambert pays for clearing and grading the site and constructing a hangar, and flying activity begins at “St. Louis Flying Field.”
WWI veterans William and Frank Robertson begin operating a flying school and other activities at St. Louis Flying Field.
St. Louis hosts the International Air Races, and St. Louis Flying Field is christened “Lambert-St. Louis Flying Field.” Charles Lindbergh attends the International Air Races, and decides to stay in St. Louis.
The 110th Observation Squadron of the Missouri National Guard is formed under the command of William Robertson.
Albert Bond Lambert purchases the airfield property.
Charles Lindbergh is commissioned as an Army reserve second lieutenant, returns to St. Louis, and joins the 110th National Guard Squadron at Lambert.
Congress passes the Kelly Air Mail Act opening air mail service to private operators. Robertson Aircraft is awarded air mail contact number 2 by the Post Office for service between St. Louis and Chicago, and hires Lindbergh as its chief pilot. This air mail route is the earliest ancestor of American Airlines.
Charles Lindbergh makes the inaugural Robertson air mail flight. He decides to compete for the Orteig Prize for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris, and gains support from Albert Bond Lambert, William and Frank Robertson, and several air-minded St. Louis businessmen.
Lindbergh contracts with Ryan Aircraft of San Diego to construct the Spirit of St. Louis. He flies it from San Diego to St. Louis and on to New York, setting a transcontinental speed record. His non-stop New York to Paris flight sparks world-wide interest in flying and air travel.
St. Louis voters pass a $2 million bond issue to purchase Lambert Field and provide for construction of paved runways and other airport facilities.
Mahoney Aircraft Corporation is formed to manufacture the Ryan Brougham, a design based on the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Curtiss-Robertson Airplane Manufacturing Company is formed to build the Curtiss Robin light airplane at Lambert.
Robertson Aircraft Corporation begins scheduled passenger service from Lambert to Chicago and Kansas City. Universal Air Lines System purchases Robertson Aircraft Corporation, its airmail and passenger service, and its flying school.
Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) inaugurates New York - Los Angeles air-rail passenger service via Lambert--“Coast to Coast in 48 hours.” Charles Lindbergh flies the first eastbound leg from Los Angeles.
St. Louis hires Archie League as the first U.S. air traffic controller. He uses flags, lights, and later, radio, to direct air traffic at Lambert Field.
Dale Jackson and Forrest O’Brine set an endurance record of 420 hours, 21 minutes at Lambert Field in the St. Louis Robin at Lambert Field.
Lambert Field is christened “Lambert-St. Louis Municipal Airport” by Rear Admiral Richard Byrd.
Universal Air Lines merges into newly-formed American Airways, and TAT merges with Western Air Express to form Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc. (TWA)—“The Lindbergh Line.” TWA inaugurates the first all-air, transcontinental service via St. Louis, eliminating rail connections and cutting coast-to-coast travel time to 36 hours.
Curtiss-Robertson becomes the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Company, St. Louis Division.
Jackson and O’Brine set a new endurance record of 647 hours 28 minutes in the Greater St. Louis at Lambert.
The City of St. Louis authorizes construction of a passenger terminal at Lambert.
Monocoupe Aircraft takes over the former Mahoney Aircraft factory at Lambert.
The Lambert passenger terminal opens.
TWA begins transcontinental passenger service with the Douglas DC-2, cutting coast-to-coast travel time to 18 hours.
Lambert Airport hosts the St. Louis Air Races.
James S. McDonnell forms McDonnell Aircraft Corporation with offices in the American Airlines building at Lambert.
First flight of the Curtiss-Wright CW-20 transport, prototype of the C-46 military transport. Construction of a new federally-funded factory for military production by Curtiss-Wright begins.
McDonnell Aircraft takes over the former Mahoney/Monocoupe factory.
The Missouri National Guard 110th Observation Squadron is called to active military service.
Construction of a hangar and support facilities for new Naval Air Station (NAS) St. Louis and construction of new Runway 6 – 24 begin.
St. Louis voters pass a $4.5 million bond issue to expand and improve Lambert.
Navy primary flight training begins at NAS St. Louis. More than 3,000 U.S. Navy and Royal Navy cadets are trained at Lambert during WWII.
A CG-4 military glider crashes at Lambert, killing Mayor William Dee Becker and nine other civic, industrial and military figures.
St. Louis voters pass a $4.5 million bond issue to expand and improve Lambert.
The National Guard 110th Squadron enters combat in the Southwest Pacific, moving later to the Philippines and Okinawa.
First flight of the McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom, the first U.S. Navy jet fighter, at Lambert. McDonnell Aircraft takes over the Curtiss-Wright plant.
St. Louis voters pass a $9.8 million bond issue for Lambert improvements.
The McDonnell XFD-1 Phantom becomes the first U.S. Navy jet to operate from an aircraft carrier.
Albert Bond Lambert dies.
New Runway 12 – 30 is constructed and opens for service.
TWA begins service to Lambert with the Lockheed Constellation, the first post-war pressurized airliner, which cuts coast-to-coast travel time to less than 10 hours.
First flight of the McDonnell F2H Banshee Navy fighter at Lambert.
Ozark Airlines, based at Lambert, begins local service airline operation.
McDonnell Aircraft purchases its previously leased factory space from the City of St. Louis for $9.8 million, which uses the proceeds to extend Runway 12 – 30 for jet operations, construct new Runway18 - 36, and make other improvements to Lambert.
First flight of the McDonnell F3H Demon Navy fighter at Lambert.
The Air National Guard 110th Fighter Squadron is activated for Korean War service.
St. Louis authorizes construction of a new passenger terminal at Lambert to replace the 1933 terminal. Runway 12 – 30 is extended to 10,000 feet, making Lambert one of first American airports capable of handling jet airliners.
First flight of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo Air Force fighter.
Construction of the new passenger terminal designed by Hellmuth, Yamasaki and Leinweber begins. Its modular design has three units and allows for expansion by adding further units.
The new Lambert terminal is dedicated.
First flight of the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II jet fighter. More than 5,000 Phantoms are produced for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and many foreign nations, during the following 25 years.
TWA begins serving St. Louis with the Boeing 707, the first American jet airliner, which reduces transcontinental travel time to 5 ½ hours, making St. Louis one of the first American cities with jet service.
NASA awards McDonnell Aircraft the contract for construction of the Mercury spacecraft at Lambert.
Astronaut Alan Shepard becomes the first American to fly in space in Mercury Spacecraft Freedom 7.
New Runway 12 Left – 30 Right is completed and opens for service.
The National Guard 110th Fighter Squadron is activated and deploys to Europe in response to the Berlin crisis.
Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth in Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7.
NASA awards McDonnell the contract for construction of the Gemini spacecraft at Lambert.
Astronaut Ed White becomes the first American to walk in space from Gemini 4. Astronauts Walter Schirra, Thomas Stafford, Frank Borman and James Lovell carry out the first rendezvous and docking in orbit in Gemini 6 and 7.
A new fourth unit is added to the Lambert terminal.
Ozark Airlines begins operating DC-9 jets.
McDonnell Aircraft merges with Douglas Aircraft, becoming McDonnell-Douglas Corporation. TWA retires the Lockheed Constellation from service at Lambert, becoming the first all-jet airline in the U.S.
St. Louis voters pass a $200 million bond issue for Lambert expansion and improvements.
Lambert is officially named “Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.”
First flight of McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. More than 1,200 F-15s are built for the U.S. Air Force and foreign nations over the next 40 years, with production continuing beyond 2014.
TWA inaugurates Boeing 747 and Lockheed 1011 wide body service to St. Louis.
Congress passes the Airline Deregulation Act, ending governmental control over the airline industry.
First flights of the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier vertical takeoff and landing fighter and the FA-18 Hornet strike fighter. More than 300 Harriers are built for the U.S. Marine Corps and foreign nations, remaining in service beyond 2014, and more than 1,500 Hornets are built for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and foreign nations, with production continuing beyond 2014.
The Air National Guard 110th Squadron is equipped with McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms.
British Caledonian Air Lines inaugurates the first non-stop international service from St. Louis to London. Ozark Airlines becomes an all-jet airline.
TWA designates Lambert as its principal domestic hub.
Lambert’s New Concourse D opens, serving Ozark Airlines.
Southwest Airlines begins service to St. Louis. TWA begins non-stop international flights from St. Louis to Paris, London, and Frankfurt.
TWA acquires Ozark Airlines.
First Flight of the McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk Navy trainer.
Lambert passenger traffic exceeds 20 million.
The Air National Guard 110th Squadron re-equips with F-15s.
Metrolink light rail service to Lambert begins.
Lambert adopts a new Master Plan including alternative W-1W providing for construction of new Runway 11 – 29.
McDonnell Douglas merges with The Boeing Company.
Lambert’s East Terminal (Terminal 2) opens, serving Southwest Airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration approves Alternative W-1W.
Lambert’s annual passenger traffic exceeds 30 million.
American Airlines merges with TWA, uniting the airlines that trace their origins to Charles Lindbergh and Lambert.
Construction of Runway 11 – 29 begins.
The September 11, 2001 attacks cause a 30 percent decline in airline passenger traffic in the United States.
Runway 11 – 29 is completed.
The St. Louis Airport Authority announces the Airport Experience Project, providing for $70 million in renovations and upgrades to Terminal 1.
Southwest Airlines becomes the dominant airline serving Lambert.
The Good Friday tornado causes extensive damage to Terminal 1 and Concourse C. Airline operations resume within 24 hours.
Tornado damage repairs continue. Concourse C reopens on April 2, 2012.
Solar Impulse Across America lands at St. Louis as a tribute to Charles Lindbergh on its transcontinental flight to promote renewable energy.
American Airlines merges with U.S. Airways, becoming the world’s largest airline. It continues serving the route between St. Louis and Chicago pioneered by Charles Lindbergh.