The Missouri Aviation Historical Society in conjunction° with the Missouri History Museum Press is pleased to announce the finalization of their Lambert History Project, with the global release of ‘The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis’s Lambert Airport‘, written by transportation expert Daniel L. Rust, PhD. The result of nearly two years of research,- The Aerial Crossroads of America showcases the historical impact Lambert Field has played to both the St. Louis region and international travel.
The history of Lambert–St. Louis International Airport is the story of American aviation. 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. Illustrated extensively with images from the airport’s history, the book tells not only the story of Lambert, but also the history of what it means to take flight in America.
Aviation expert Daniel L. Rust begins his story with Albert Bond Lambert’s pioneering efforts to promote air travel in the Midwest. While other American airports might today eclipse Lambert, Rust shows that airports serving New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago all lack the longevity of Lambert and its range of historic activity. In the book, Rust moves at super-sonic speed, covering the 1923 Air Races, Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, the US 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 decline of Lambert as a large hub following the demise of TWA and 9/11.
Brimming with anecdotes, little-known historical threads, and lively explanations of just what Lambert has meant to the aviation industry, The Aerial Crossroads of America will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in aviation, inspiring readers to glance out their windows and admire the view on every ascent.
To celebrate the launch, MOAVHIST will be hosting a presentation by author Daniel L. Rust, on the making and impact of this project. We invite you to join us on Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 P.M. for this once in a lifetime experience. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Books will be available for purchase on site for signing by the author, or can be pre-ordered through Amazon. Proceeds directly benefit the Missouri Aviation Historical Society. View driving directions.
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