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Volunteers build a "sculpture" for San Diego's airport.
Ed McKellar, the recently retired director of the San Diego Aerospace Museum, started it all. In late 1997, he approached the woman in charge of deciding on artwork to be displayed in the remodeled terminals of Lindbergh Field, San Diego's international airport.
McKellar's pitch was for the San Diego Port District (which owns the airport) to buy and display a nonflying replica of the Spirit of St. Louis--the San Diego product that propelled young Charles A. Lindbergh into the history books. A Spirit of St. Louis at Lindbergh Field: It seemed to fit.
According to the story, the port district's art representative protested that a replica airplane is …