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User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

A colleague at my company's DC office remarked that a lot of locals are incensed that National was renamed Reagan-National by congress. Nobody calls it Reagan-National, the conducters on the metro go out of their way to call it National and not Reagan - National and (acc to colleague) the Metro authority has refused to update the maps, so now congress is threatening them with a loss of subsidies.

Can any local DC people verify this story.

PS, I don't mean to pass judgement on Reagan as president, the Dems vs. GOP, or any other aspect of US political controversies. I just thought it an interesting local aviation related story I heard.



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User currently offlineCV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

I don't live there but do go there quite often. A lot of people still refer to it as National, but more just as short hand it seems. Kind of a waste to call it Reagan National Airport. If you say National everyone knows what your talking about. I'm sure there are a few that do it for political reasons, but that hasn't been my experience. On the other hand I do notice airline gates agents almost always call it Reagan National Airport for flight announcements.

User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

Here in ANC, the renamed the air port the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport which I think is gay as hell. So, I go out of my way to call it Anchorage International. The other one is just too long a name for an airport and, hey, Ted Stevens ain't dead yet anyway.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

Ive been a Washington DC resident since 1990. Most of us (Metro-DC residents) still call it National Airport. However, die-hard fans of President Reagan call it by its new name. Some of these fans tend to be rather abrasive when you refer to the airport as National Airport. They're welcome to get all riled up over it - just don't waste my time fulminating over a non-issue.

I suppose in 50 yrs everyone will refer to it as Reagan Airport. There is a very well funded attempt by the GOP, amongst others, to ensure that every county in the US has at least one public building named after Reagan, and they tend to be rather zealous about it. To date, they have succeeded in 45% of all counties.


User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

I'll bet in 50 years when the real historians get round to writing the story of the manipulation of Reagan, the airport will still be referred to as National.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

PhilB:

One can only hope. But you underestimate the attempts by certain members of Congress to turn Reagan into the patron saint of American politics.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7787 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

There was a story in the Washington Post about this... Georgia Republican Barr, who was the guy who pushed the name change, is now threatening the Metro Washington Transit Authority over their refusal to change the Metro station name to Reagan National. Now Metro claims this will cost several hundred thousand dollars to change signage system wide. Also at issue are wheter or not Metrobus should carry the new DC "taxation without representation" license plates.

I really do love DC, certainly never run out of interesting things there.



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11431 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

Yes, this really is the situation in DC. I grew up there, and I was PISSED OFF that a bunch of men from out of town would come here and name our airport after another man from out of town, especially one that this town didn't like very much. It was quite a slap in the face.

It's not even political either. You don't have Democrats calling it National, while Republicans call it Reagan. It seems pretty universal in fact that everyone calls it National, and I'll be damned if someone forces me to call it by any other name.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

I think that renaming the airport was in poor judgement, especially considering all of the buildings that have been named after him since he left office. And in some respects, naming an airport after the President who fired the air traffic controllers could be seen as in bad taste. I mean it's one thing to name an aircraft carrier after Reagan, but it's quite another to plaster it on anything you can. There have been politicians wanting to carve Reagan onto Mount Rushmore. Likewise, in Houston, IAH is now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and people still refer to it as Intercontinental.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Ted Stevens has an airport named after him ? Sheesh.
Whats with these people? Bush, Stevens, Reagan, etc.



User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

When Dubya makes it an offence to call it National, to ensure the sainthood of his idol, will it be a defense to claim the Reagan alibi...........................?

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8145 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

Reagan was a sh*tty president, as was one-term loser Bush snr., as will be his braindead son. Why name airports after them? Didn't they screw things up enough while they were in office?

There's my rant. National and Intercontinental forever.



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User currently offlineIah10 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1178 times:

DCA will always be National; IAH will always be (Houston) Intercontinental...DCA to IAH is not Reagan to Bush and vice versa. This is not a political statement, but a factual one, yes!

User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

Bob Barr?

Wasn't he the one that forbade votes being counted for a local DC medicla marijuana referendum?

Sometimes I forget how little control the citizens of the capital of the US have in ther own local governance.

Well gotta catch my shuttle form GIU to DCA.
Don't know GIU? it is Rudolph Giuliani memorial airport, formerly La Guardia.



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User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

At least Mayor La Guardia did things for NYC and aviation

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8310 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

I always have and always will just call it "National."


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User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1562 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

No one here calls it Reagan National--except those who have to, such as airport authorities. Washingtonians have and always will call it National.

As it should be.


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