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.
Erica Turner (left) and Artinces Hawkins with Huntleigh provided excellent customer service to a young passenger who was beaten up by her boyfriend and dropped off at Lambert Airport with her baby. Artinces saw the young lady and noticed she had been in the airport most of the day. She later found out the young lady couldn't afford a ticket for her child and check her luggage. Artinces paid $220 so the young lady could take her luggage with her. Erica Turner paid for the young lady and her baby to stay in a hotel room because she couldn't a flight out until the next day. Erica and Artinces went beyond the scope of their everyday duties to provide excellent customer service to a passenger. The young lady was very appreciative.
Kerrie Keane of Southwest Airlines was commended for making the day of a passenger who flew to St. Louis to photograph the Venus transit. The passenger was afraid his luggage wouldn't arrive in time. His luggage contained the equipment he needed to photograph the rare Venus transit. But when he talked to Kerrie she assured him his luggage would arrive in time and she would contact him. She did and the passenger was able to capture the Venus transit. He praised Kerrie for her professionalism and kindess.
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.
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