Photo Of The Week
Photographer Justin Mayfield shoots engagement photos of Pheaktra (left) and Diana (right) in the B Concourse.
Pheaktra and Diana may live 2,000 miles apart, but their chance meeting (twice!) one weekend in Kansas City, Mo. two years ago, led them down a path of love that defies distance. Pheaktra (23) lives in Columbia, Mo., and Diana (21) lives in Seattle, Wa. After years of long-distance dating, they got engaged, and chose Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as the backdrop for their engagement photos. Since the couple traveled through Lambert every few weeks to visit, the Airport became an integral part of their love story. In fact, Diana was scheduled to fly home immediately following the shoot. The couple will live in the same city and state for the first time in September, when Diana will move to Columbia. The couple plans to wed in October.
The Dave and Greg Show entertain hundreds of travelers in the C Concourse for #LambertThanks.
#LambertThanks was an amazingly full week! We had awesome giveaways, colorful decor, and visits from the Cardinals’ Fredbird and the Looney Tunes from Six Flags St. Louis! Hudsy from Hudson Group also stopped by. Our airlines even got festive with balloons and Hawaiian leis. We loved putting a smile on so many faces this week! This is the 4th year Lambert has celebrated Customer Appreciation Week in conjunction with National Tourism Week, but it was a first to feature live music in the concourses for this type of event. It was a huge hit! Travelers, as well as Airport employees, were spotted dancing, clapping, and singing along. Lambert showcased world-class local musicians performing jazz, pop, classic rock, originals, folk and even Motown styles. I know we had a lot fun, and hope you did, too! Thank you, St. Louis, for another great year!
Warren Sauer led a team to hoist and set the sculpture, Hawthorne Tree, by Isaac Witkin, in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby.
Two new bronze sculptures are now drawing the attention of art fans and travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Laumeier Sculpture Park has loaned the Lambert Art and Culture Program two of their most prominent works. Charles Arnoldi’s Eclipse and Isaac Witkin’s Hawthorne Tree got a change of scenery, so to speak. For years, they were fixtures outside at Laumeier. They are now taking in the views inside between the Terminal 1 ticket counters. Both are situated in new lounge areas that also feature views to Lambert airfield. The works were selected by the Airport Art Advisory Committee. They sit directly across from the Airport’s other bronze sculpture, China China, in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge. If you line up all three, you have a formibidable #bronzetriangle. Check out the background on our newest works of art.
Eleven-month-old Addison is mesmerized by the giant robot in the Lambert Gallery as mom and dad snap a picture.
It was an adorable sight to see little Addison’s face light-up as he saw all of the interesting robots featured in “The Robots Are Coming!” art exhibit in the Lambert Gallery. When asked if we could photograph the cuteness for our Lambert Photo of the Week, parents Tina and Chris, shared why the sight was extra special for them. Addison was recently hospitalized, and Tina said he was “just covered in wires and tubes.” They affectionately started calling him “Addie Bot,” and the nickname has stuck. Fortunately, Addison is feeling much better now. The family had just arrived from Phoenix, Az. when they spotted the robots and had to take a photo.
Southwest Airlines Captains Randy Hansen (left) and Rusty Jensen (right) wave to the crowd as “Missouri One” arrives at Lambert.
After 30 years of service in Missouri, Southwest Airlines surprised St. Louis with a gesture of dedication by unveiling the Missouri One Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Nearly two weeks of painting done in secret in Kansas City paid off, as the big reveal was made at both Kansas City International Airport (MCI), and later at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Thursday afternoon. Missouri One is detailed with images of the Missouri State flag, and is one of only ten planes with state flagship liveries in the Southwest fleet. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly was aboard the debut flight and gave a brief presentation, followed by words from City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to show our love to our employees, customers and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them.”
Melanie Diane Gilmore embraces her brother for the very first time amidst family and news media outside the A Concourse.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was the backdrop for a very emotional moment Thursday, and a truly incredible family reunion. Melanie Diane Gilmore (left) is 50 years old, and for her entire life, her family didn’t even know she was alive. Hours after giving birth, before even holding her child, Melanie’s mother was told her baby had died. For reasons unknown, Melanie was then adopted by another family, and currently resides with her husband and three children in Oregon. It was her children who uncovered the unbelievable story, and actually found the long-lost family members on Facebook, living in St. Louis. This image captures the first time Melanie and her brother met. Happily, she and her mother reunited that evening.
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.
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.
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.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.