A bit of history has returned to St. Louis. A small airplane once owned by Charles Lindbergh is now back on display at Lambert Airport.
Officials from the Missouri History Museum spent hours over the weekend installing the 1934 D-127 Monocoupe aircraft, which hangs once again over the C Concourse in Terminal 1.
The museum also installed a new interactive kiosk near the plane that displays the history of Lambert and Lindbergh. The plane was originally installed at Lambert in 1979. It was removed in March 2011 as part of terminal renovations.
Lambert officials say that over the years, the plane accumulated dust and other airborne pollutants so a conservation effort was necessary to make sure the plane was preserved.
A history-making flight is winging its way to St. Louis.
A solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse took off this morning from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport bound for Lambert. The plane flies about 40 mph and the third leg is roughly 560 miles.
Swiss pilot and Solar Impulse CEO Bertrand Piccard tells McGraw in the Morning, just like Charles Lindbergh's first flight across the Atlantic, weight is an issue.
Piccard says, "If we have the weight of a normal airplane the solar energy would never be enough to fly day and night. So we had to make the lightest possible airplane and this was the big challenge to have the weight of a small car or size of a jumbo jet, nobody thought it was possible."
An inflatable hangar has been set up at Lambert-St. Louis Airport to accommodate the solar-powered plane which is set to land at Lambert around 1:00 a.m.Tuesday. You can follow the solar flight at http://live.solarimpulse.com.