ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In a last-minute compromise with descendants of Albert Bond Lambert, the airport commission decided today to change the name of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
The name change up for consideration had been St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field, but members of the Lambert family had lunch with the airport director Wednesday, and a deal was struck.
The airport commission decided to change the name to make the airport more identifiable around the nation and world after a survey found that half of St. Louisans don’t know who Albert Bond Lambert was.
Lambert learned to fly with the Wright Brothers. The airport says Lambert was responsible for bringing the 1923 International Air Races to St. Louis. Lambert also was one of the first financial backers for Charles Lindbergh’s famous non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927 aboard the plane dubbed the “Spirit of St. Louis.”
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen still has to approve the name change.
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