A 1934 D-127 Monocoupe once owned by Charles Lindbergh has returned to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport after a two-year absence. It was removed in March 2011 to make way for terminal renovations. Originally installed in 1979, the airplane carried more than 30 years of dust.

While it was out, the Missouri History Museum conducted a historic conservation of the Monocoupe, constructed using dope and fabric. The dope shrinks the fabric, which over the years puts pressure on the framework, until the fabric tears to relieve the stress or weaker parts of the interior structure fail. In addition to a thorough cleaning, stress fractures along several seams were repaired.

In nine hours on Oct. 20, the airplane was hoisted back into position over the C Concourse security checkpoint in Terminal 1. However, you can view the entire process in this two-minute time lapse video.

The Monocoupe was one of only three airplanes built completely in St. Louis by Lambert Aircraft Corporation. Lindbergh donated it to the Missouri History Museum in 1940.


2 Responses to “Lindbergh Monocoupe returns to Lambert–cool time-lapse video!”

  1. M. Baker Says:

    Those people work fast!! It only took them 2 minutes to hang Lindberg’s plane from the ceiling!!

  2. J. Ritchie Says:

    Notice in the time-lapse video just how many people are standing around chatting while only a few are actually doing the work. Seems like I’ve seen that before.

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