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10-year-old Chase Tokarz gets into the spirit dancing to Karaoke during Southwest’s kickoff celebration for its new nonstop service to San Antonio.
Karaoke. Dancing. Cookies. And a few sombreros. Southwest Airlines and Lambert welcomed many surprised passengers early Sunday morning, August 12, with a pre-flight celebration for the new nonstop service to San Antonio. "Karaoke Bob" filled the air with Texas tunes mixed with some great karaoke performances that drew crowds and applause. 10-year-old Chase Tokarz got into the spirit with a solo performance on the impromptu dance floor to liven the spirit all around. Southwest now flies two daily nonstop flights to San Antonio. Southwest also kicked off two daily flights to New York LaGuardia on the same day.
American Airlines’ Jim McDermott marshalls a MD-80 aircraft into the gate.
They are the men and women who work around and under the wing to turn an arriving flight into a departing flight. They are ramp agents and Lambert has some of the most dedicated around. We caught up with Jim McDermott who has been marshalling planes into the gates for 44 years. He started with Ozark, transitioned to TWA and now proudly wears AA on his safety vest. Ramp agents load and unload luggage and do all the temporary power hookups to the aircraft while it’s at the gate. And when the Captain wants to leave, ramp agents make it happen with a big push from a tug to clear the jetway.
Wounded soldier Pvt. Charles "Chaz" Ligon arrived at Lambert shaking hands of Patriot Guard supporters this week.
U.S. Army Pvt. Charles "Chaz" Ligon flew home this week for the first time since he was severely wounded in Afghanistan more than seven months ago. The 21-year-old Purple Heart recipient lost his left leg after his vehicle struck an explosive device. Since then, he has been recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. His family from West Frankfort, Ill was on hand to see him walk out of the C Concourse where he was greeted by a long line of Patriot Guard members who continue to show their support for our soldiers in combat.
A sneak peek at the new skylight view from the lower level in Terminal 1.
Sneak peek alert! Here’s a look to the the very near future. It’s the full skylight view as seen from the lower level of Terminal 1. An escalator and sign structure used to fill this void. As part of the on-going Airport Experience renovations, crews are midway through the build-out of a permanent atrium between the ticketing level and the lower level. This will give folks a sky view of sorts from the lower level as natural light spills through the open space. The rectangular floor opening will be the perfect frame for Lambert’s LED light show, too. The skylights in the terminal domes are awash in color nightly.
An F-4 Phantom takes off from Lambert Friday after a cross country fuel stop.
She’s an endangered species as far as war fighters go. An F-4 Phantom returned home briefly on Friday to Lambert’s airfield where McDonnell Douglas built more than 5,000 of the jets. The F4 Phantom was a critical aviation weapon beginning in the ‘60s. Today, there are fewer than 75 still flying. This jet is living its final years flying target practice missions for weapons testing at Tyndall AFB in Florida. While refueling, Boeing employees got a sneak peak at their own systems at work that enable the plane to be controlled remotely. On the side, the plane makes its round to a number of airshows. The pilot of this F4 was heading to the Sioux Falls Air Show.
Leonardo Nierman’s Sensación de Vuelo (Flying Sensation) has been flying under St. Louis skies for one year.
There’s thousands of ways to capture the beauty of Leonardo Nierman’s sculpture, Sensación de Vuelo, all depending on the mood of the skies above. The steel ribbon sculpture - Flying Sensation- was installed outside Lambert’s Terminal 2 exactly one year ago with great fanfare. The work by the internationally recognized Mexican artist was a gift to St. Louis on behalf of the people of Mexico. It was the first major art donation to the airport in more than two decades and the first art installation outside of Lambert’s terminal since 1970.
5-year old Junior Holt meets Liberty the Bald Eagle at the Lambert USO prior to a flight back home to Fairbanks, Alaska.
We celebrated our nation’s liberty this week. At Lambert, we also celebrated a surprise visit by Liberty the Bald Eagle, who is an inspirational resident of the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. Liberty and her handler, Teri Graves, stopped by the USO in Terminal 1 for a few photos, like the one with 5 year old Junior Hold of Alaska. Liberty was rescued from the wild after being permanently injured. He’s now a feature in the Sanctuary’s far reaching Eagle educational programs. After a few photos, Liberty and his team flew from St. Louis to Kansas City for a show at the KC Riverfest.
A Frontier Airlines jet taxis behind the dusty work of a concrete breaker vehicle which is being used in rebuilding a section of Runway 12R-30L at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Rebuilding or rehabilitating taxiways and runways are a key part of maintaining a safe airfield. This summer, the major project is the replacement of approximately 3,800 ft of Runway 12R-30L, one of Lambert’s two parallel runways. Concrete breaker vehicles do most of the dirty work. The remote controlled vehicles use a guillotine-style drop hammer to crack the worn out pavement so crews can remove the concrete debris and recycle for other uses.
Two jets crossed paths over Lambert’s FAA Tower.
Contrails are the long cloud-like vapor trails that form behind aircraft as they jet across the sky. On a clear blue day, like we’ve seen in recent days, its easy to see the weave of crisscrossing steaks which are made up of water vapor in the exhaust of aircraft engines. In the picture above, the paths of two jets were aligned along the same track as they flew over St. Louis. The eastbound jet’s contrail was already breaking up into whispy puffs as the westbound jet flew over Lambert’s FAA’s Air Traffic Control Tower.
St. Louis ArtWorks students snap pictures of a plane about to land at Lambert this week.
Pictures and more pictures were snapped this week at Lambert by a group of young artists in training. Lambert invited 17 high school and college-age students with St. Louis ArtWorks to see what life is like on a typical day at Lambert. The students captured planes taking off, baggage being loaded into planes, crews painting stripes on the airfield taxiways, restaurants in action, homecoming reunions and much more. The students will turn those pictures into sketches, paintings and other works of art for an exhibit at the Airport later this summer. The Boeing Company is sponsoring this summer art project at Lambert.
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