Albert Bond Lambert: Aviation Pioneer (Young Reader Series)

Christopher Lynch


Albert Lambert had two passions in life: flying and his hometown of Saint Louis. (2015)

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Albert Lambert had two passions in life: flying and his hometown of Saint Louis. After his first ride in a hot air balloon, Albert became a huge supporter of all things related to aviation. He learned to pilot a hot air balloon and fly an airplane. He was a friend of the Wright brothers and other early aviators, and organized exhibitions of the latest airplane technology. He helped St. Louis build airfields and promoted the city as a center for aviation. He even helped Charles Lindbergh raise money to build his airplane, the Spirit of Saint Louis, whose name honored St. Louis as a center in the new aviation industry. The airport Albert Lambert started is still named in his honor, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

This book is included in the nonfiction book series, Notable Missourians, for young readers in grades 4 to 6 about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri.

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Chapter 1: A St. Louis Childhood

Chapter 2: A Two-Time Olympian

Chapter 3: Up In the Air

Chapter 4: An Early Bird

Chapter 5: The Spirit of St. Louis

Legacy: Daring Greatly


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Christopher Lynch has a BA in history from Lawrence University and is a licensed pilot. Christopher's family ran Monarch Air Service, a fixed base operator that serviced aircraft at Chicago's Midway Airport for six decades. He is the author of Chicago’s Midway Airport: The First Seventy-Five Years (2002) and When Hollywood Landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport (2012), and is co-author, with Neal Samors, of Now Arriving: Traveling to and from Chicago by Air, 90 Years of Flight (2015).

John Hare is an illustrator, graphic designer and artist. He lives in Gladstone, Missouri.


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