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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 4, 2013 - St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley announced April 30 that Lambert St. Louis International Airport has been chosen as the final stop-over during the historic upcoming "Across America Flight" of the Solar Impulse.
The Solar Impulse is capable of flying 24 hours, exclusively powered by solar energy. The flight is planned to begin at San Francisco's Moffett Field, and Lambert Airport is the official Midwest stop. The flight plan has the Solar Impulse finally landing at New York's JFK Airport.
"The revolutionary aircraft, called the Solar Impulse, has already caught the imagination of the aviation world in flights across Europe," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. "The plane is flying laboratory for clean technologies that capitalizes on a sustainable resource. It can travel day and night solely on the power of the sun."
"The history of flight is traced through our city with the support of Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis nearly 90 years ago," said Lambert director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. "We are extremely proud to host a new aerial wonder as it demonstrates the next generation of aviation technologies."
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Swiss pilots and founders of Solar Impulse said in a prepared statement that the choice of St. Louis "is homage to all the pioneers, starting from Charles Lindbergh, who have contributed to the development of aviation."
Sometime towards the end of May, Lambert officials believe that the historic flight will arrive in St. Louis. As part of that arrival, Piccard and Borschberg are scheduled to be taking turns in flying the revolutionary aircraft across the U.S.
Lambert and Solar Impulse officials are also planning public viewing of the aircraft, which is planned to be housed in a 246,000 sq. ft., hanger formerly owned by Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. The 40 foot high bay entry will accommodate the massive wingspan of the Solar Impulse.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The history of the Tuskegee Airmen, who soared soared into combat to help the U.S. win air battles during World War II, is showcased in a mural, "Black Americans in Flight", that has been on display at Lambert International Airport since 1990.
"Black Americans in Flight" was painted by St. Louis artists Spencer Taylor and Solomon Thurman to highlight the contributions of African American achievements in aviation from 1917 to the space age.
The Tuskegee Airmen prominently featured in the mural, which features 75 portraits, include Eugene Jacque Bullard, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr, Clarence "Lucky" Lester and Wendell Pruitt, a St. Louis pilot who received a Distinguished Flying Cross after downing three planes and sinking a destroyer. Those who supported black aviators are also featured, including Eleanor Roosevelt and President Harry S. Truman. Some of those same Tuskegee Airmen are also featured in the film "Red Tails".
"Black Americans in Flight" has been recently cleaned and restored in its original location in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim. Lambert has also unveiled extensive renovations around the 51-ft mural that enhances its visibility with a new waiting area that is located directly across from a major concourse exit for arriving passengers.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Lambert has grown from a balloon launch location called Kinloch Field to a major transportation center. The originally hayfields were purchased by Major Albert Lambert and renamed it Lambert Field in 1920. The airport has played an important role in air transportation. Col. Charles Lindbergh departed from Lambert Flying Field in 1927 St. Louis for New York to begin his historic non-stop solo flight to Paris, France.
The addition of all new signs now makes it possible for Lambert to adopt numerical terminal designations which are commonly used because they are sign friendly, easier to understand and easier to remember.
The "Main Terminal" will become Terminal 1. The "East Terminal" will become Terminal 2. Other features of the new signage program includes simple consistent messaging, color-coded symbols, distinct interstate signage, airline terminal locations, improved car rental signage and improved parking lot information.
For more information on flights and services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, log onto www.flystl.com
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