ReuschAir
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Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:08 pm

I'm hitting Washington D.C. this weekend and am looking for recommendations on things related to airliners and aircraft. I'm interested in contemporary commercial aircraft (A380/B787), spotting and best places to do so, viewing aircraft on display, etc. Not such a fan of the history of aviation and older aircraft and more interested in commercial and leisure travel since the 50s and 60s, specifically since transatlantic flight and the introduction of the 747.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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mhockey31091
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:17 pm

The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles is a way cool place to go. I loved going in the observation tower there and watching planes all day. There is a large display of aircraft on display there, I think by far the most impressive one is the Space Shuttle. There is also the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at the "mall". D.C. one of the coolest places I have been, enjoy it!
 
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:21 pm

Gravelly Point park at the the north end of National Airport has excellent spotting.
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:24 pm

A resounding second recommendation for the Udvar-Hazy Center next to IAD. Amazing collection of airplanes and it's easily accessible.

While I know you are interested in the more modern aspects of flight I would still recommend the museum on the Mall for, if nothing else, the incredible Wright Flyer display.
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:37 pm

There was a store on King Street in Alexandria VA (not far from DC on the Metro) that was selling airline memorabilia. I can't remember it's name or if it's still there. Maybe someone on this site will know.
 
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:44 pm

Quoting jetblast (Reply 3):
While I know you are interested in the more modern aspects of flight I would still recommend the museum on the Mall for, if nothing else, the incredible Wright Flyer display.

Don't forget they do have the NW 747 nose on display on the Mall.
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Tue May 25, 2010 11:54 pm

I believe you are thinking of The Hanger on King and South West St, just south of the heart of Old Town. TONS of military memorabilia...limited commercial. National Air & Space at the Smithsonian is an all day affair for an aviation nut...heck, I can kill hours just in the bookstore. Check out the nose half cut out of the NWA 747-151. Like others have said, a trip out to the Udvar - Hazy is a must too..,.amazing plane spotting from the 'control tower'.
 
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Wed May 26, 2010 2:45 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
Gravelly Point park at the the north end of National Airport has excellent spotting.

Take the George Washington Parkway north out of DCA. You'll see signs for Gravelley Point/Roaches Run on your right very shortly. Especially cool at night if the planes are approaching from the north.

Although not as close up as Roaches Run, you can get pretty good views of airplanes taking off and landing on the south side of DCA from anywhere in Old Town along the water.

Of course, just hanging out inside the main terminal at DCA and watching planes take off and land through the multi-story glass window with the river and DC monuments behind it is pretty cool too! (You don't have to go through security.)

Have a safe trip and enjoy!
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Wed May 26, 2010 3:10 am

Definitely check out Gravelly Point. I was there recently for the first time and really enjoyed it. There was non-stop traffic all day which made for a fun time. A variety of aircraft and airlines come in on some interesting approaches.

The mall is neat but doesn't quite sound like what your looking for.
 
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Wed May 26, 2010 3:15 am

Quoting UALFAson (Reply 7):
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
Gravelly Point park at the the north end of National Airport has excellent spotting.

Take the George Washington Parkway north out of DCA. You'll see signs for Gravelley Point/Roaches Run on your right very shortly. Especially cool at night if the planes are approaching from the north.

Although not as close up as Roaches Run, you can get pretty good views of airplanes taking off and landing on the south side of DCA from anywhere in Old Town along the water.

Of course, just hanging out inside the main terminal at DCA and watching planes take off and land through the multi-story glass window with the river and DC monuments behind it is pretty cool too! (You don't have to go through security.)

Have a safe trip and enjoy!

I wish I would have known about that when I was in DC. I really wanted to make a trip to DCA while I was there but unfortunately none of my friends wanted to go! I was majorly disappointed!
 
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RE: Airliner Things To Do In Washington D.C.?

Wed May 26, 2010 8:16 am

Thanks to all who replied to my request. I'm in DC for 6 days and 2 will be dedicated to airlines, airliners and spotting so all of your suggestions were great. I have been to the museum on the MALL before and didn't make it to the museum out at DULLES so this time I'm certainly going to get there. Also, the suggestion about GRAVELLY point was a GEM of advice and the specifics about directions and there being only one way to get there helped tremendously. I actually found this spotting location in the list of 100 FREE THINGS TO DO IN DC that should cost money because they are so spectacular and GRAVELLY during day and night was suggested in the top 10 of things.

Now I just have to overcome my claustrophobia in the E70 I'm flying out there in YX (the virtual airline). I hear these are quite spacious and quiet and comfortable, but it is not a 777 or A344 so lots of deep breathing will be in order.

Again, thanks and keep other suggestions coming if y'all have any more!

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