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What Did National Airport Look Like in 1941?

Washington's new airport opened for business in June 1941. This series of detailed photos shows what flying was like 80 years ago, more glamorous, quaint, and dressed up.

Inside National Airport’s Waiting Area in 1941

This cool old photo shows the magazine rack at National Airport back the year it opened, in 1941. This is the terminal waiting area. Take a look at a few more old photos of National Airport, then read these three great stories from the airport.

1939 National Airport Photo Survey

National Airport in Arlington was opened in the summer of 1941, several months before Pearl Harbor. Below is a fascinating old image showing the aerial view of what would eventually become National Airport.

aerial view of Washington National and the Pentagon

Great Aerial Photos of National Airport and Spout Run

Here are two great photos sent in by GoDCer Ken, who was raised in Arlington. The first shot is an aerial photo around Washington National and the Pentagon. The second one is Spout Run near Lee Highway and Dead Man’s Hollow.

plane taxing to the runway at National Airport

June 16th, 1941: The Day National Airport Opened for Business

Who doesn’t love National Airport (correct, not Reagan)? There is no argument that the approach from the north as you’re landing, has the best views of any approach to a major urban airport. Just make sure you’re sitting on the left side of the plane. Also, if you’re an avid plane watcher, Gravelly Point gives you […]

One Of The Bicyclists Holds Her Ears Against The Roar Of The Jet, Taking Off From National Airport, May 1973

Gravelly Point View of Plane Taking Off in 1973

How many times have you been down to Gravelly Point? It’s definitely one of the best spots to relax on weekends and watch the planes land or takeoff from National Airport. Here’s a shot of four women watching, what looks like, an Eastern Airlines jet take off from National, heading north. Source: Flickr user usnationalarchives

New York Avenue after the riots in 1968

A GoDCer Shares His Photos of D.C.

GoDCer, and D.C. native, Tony was kind enough to share a number of photos from his youth. His father was a pilot with Eastern Airlines (remember them?) and a few of the shots are taken by him, flying into National Airport (not Reagan).

Eisenhower Paroled by Doctors in Denver; Returns to Washington

In September 1955, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver. He was rushed to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, where he would spend seven weeks recovering. While convalescing, he continued to carry out his executive duties from his hospital suite (which is now open to tours). Early the following year, in February, the President and […]

A Pan Am 707 on the runway

Pan Am’s First Passenger Jet to Europe (1958)

Aviation has a strong history in the Washington area. Following on the heels of our last aeronautical first (Concorde at Dulles), here is another first for the region and the country. In the fall of 1958, Pan Am (i.e., the planet’s largest and coolest airline) was getting set to inaugurate their transatlantic passenger jet service. […]

Eastern Air Lines DC-4 (1940s)

Planes Collide Near National Airport Killing 55

A horrific air disaster occurred on November 1st, 1949 near National Airport. An inbound passenger flight from Boston collided with a small military plane, killing everyone on board.

Dulles Airport

Concrete, Steel and Glass: Dulles Airport is the Port of the Future

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 […]

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