Welcome to Saint Louis! Home of the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, gooey butter cake, and toasted ravioli!
Originating as a balloon launching base named Kinloch Field in 1890, Lambert Airfield is the busiest airport in Missouri.
Fun Facts about Lambert Airfield:
- Named after Albert Bond Lambert, an Olympic silver medalist in the 1904 Summer Games, and the first person in Saint Louis to receive a piot's license.
- Became the first municipally-owned airport when Lambert sold the airport to the City of Saint Louis.
- Charles Lindbergh's first piloting job was flying airmail from Lambert Field for Robertson Aircraft Corporation.
- Lambert Airfield was the first airport with an air traffic control system, though at the time it was done by waving flags! The first air traffic controller was Archie League.
- The Wright Brothers visited Lambert Airfield while touring with their aircraft
- Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly when Arch Hoxley took him for a flight during his 1910 visit to Saint Louis.
- The design of the terminals, by Minoru Yamasaki, inspired terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, as well as Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
- In 2011 on Good Friday, Terminal 1 was hit by an EF4 tornado, damaging windows, jetways, and even a few passenger planes. Later that year, the airport would receive "Airport of the Year" award from the TSA for "exceptional courtesy [and] high-quality security" as well as the "excellent response by airport officials during and after the tornado".
- Lambert Airport frequently hosts temporary and semi-permanent historical display and artwork in both of its terminals.
WARNING: You must exit the secured area to find the answers for this virtual. The cache owner, Groundspeak, and Lambert International Airport are not responsible for missed flights. You are responsible for making sure you have time and the right paperwork to re-enter security to board your flight. People with quick plane changes might not have time to get this cache.
To log this virtual cache: Email me the answers to ONE of the following sets of questions based on the terminal that you are in, you only need to visit one terminal. You do not need to wait for my approval to log your find; however I may message you if you don't have the correct answers. Do not post the answers in your log or pictures of the objects in the questions on your log:
Terminal 1 - upstairs near Ticketing (American Airlines and others, but not Southwest/Frontier):
a. Find the sculpture "The Hawthorne Tree" (1987) by Isaac Witkin near Ticketing (There is no plaque, the artists signature is on back though). What is the fraction displayed below the date?
b. There are symbols close to the sculptor name and date that appears to be created using 2 capitalized letter of the alphabet. What two capital letters could be used to create this symbol?
Terminal 2 - upstairs near Ticketing (Southwest/Frontier):
a. Find the information sign for the Spectroplexus, what is the name of the first person listed under Fabrication Assistance?
b. What name, including nickname below the window of the airplane hanging from the ceiling? (might need to ask someone with good eyesight! I was able to see it okay from near the bathrooms near the TSA precheck line)
Bonus both Terminals: Post a picture of yourself with something identifying Saint Louis/Lambert Airport
Note: Exhibits are subject to change without notice. Questions will be updated appropriately. My intent is to update the Terminal 1 questions when the prominent mural is returned from maintenance. Please let me know in a log or message if you believe a display has been removed.
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