Three Things... / 06.03.2012

Today I'm kicking off another new series called "Three Things..." I will do my best to keep these brief and pack in three key points or "ah ha!" moments for the regular and curious GoDC readers. This first one will be about Dulles Airport and I'll list three things that you (probably) don't know about it. We already posted twice about the airport, so you won't be learning about Concorde or the airport's inauguration in 1962. The airport has been serving the Washington region for 50 years now, so it won't be difficult to find three random facts, but it will be challenging to pick the best ones.
Faces & Places of Yesterday / 08.02.2012

Dulles International Airport is one of only two federally owned airports in the country (National Airport being the other). Some find it to be an ugly monstrosity. Others find it to be an architectural masterpiece --  I am firmly in this camp -- however, many functionality compromises were made in the name of aesthetics. Eero Saarinen, the notable Finnish architect, known for his sweeping designs, was responsible for the design, but unfortunately died a year before John F. Kennedy presided over the opening on November 17th, 1962. Saarinen was an architectural badass (call him the Sprinkle of architects), designing the TWA terminal at JFK and the St. Louis Arch. Maybe you're familiar with these? So, my post last week about Concorde's first arrival at Dulles (and first in the U.S.) piqued my interest in digging up some archival footage of the airport. The footage I found is archival film of  Dulles Airport that I came across while trolling YouTube. It was a professionally produced  marketing film from 1962, the year Dulles opened. The music is awesome and so 60s. I feel like the Pink Panther will show up at any minute.