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Dr. Daniel Rust's Book on Lambert Aiport Featured as a Best Seller


As the editor-in-chief of the Missouri Aviation Historical Society’s Lambert-St. Louis International Airport history project, Assistant Director Daniel Rust is currently under contract with the Missouri History Museum Press to write a book about the history of Lambert Airport.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the most historic airport in the United States, having been in continuous operation since 1920.  Its history is a microcosm of aviation history over the past nearly 100 years.

Undertaken by the Missouri Aviation Historical Society (a Missouri not-for-profit corporation) and led by Dr. Daniel Rust of the Center for Transportation Studies at UMSL, the objective of the Lambert Airport History Project is an authoritative account of the history of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and its relationship to national and regional history that will be accessible and interesting to a broad audience.

Currently under contract with the Missouri History Museum Press, the book will address topics including:

  • The genesis of Lambert Airport
  • The 1923 National Air Races
  • Charles Lindbergh and the origins of TWA and American Airlines
  • Lambert Airport’s role in the Second World War
  • Manufacturing at Lambert, including Curtiss-Wright, McDonnell Douglas, and Boeing
  • Design and construction of Yamasaki’s iconic terminal in 1950s
  • The “Battle for Lambert” in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Lambert Airport in the age of airline deregulation
  • The demise of TWA and the post-9/11 era