dinsdag 22 januari 2013

Aviation galore!

Today was apparently aviation and USA day since I happen to have received 4 cards from the US of which 3 were aviation related. I'm a total aviation geek, so I was extremely happy to find those in my mailbox!

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Chantilly, VA on 12,000 acres of land 26 miles from downtown Washington, DC. The Main Terminal opened in 1962 and was designed by architect Eero Saarinen. Dulles is a major hub for domestic and international air travel with a mixture of legacy and low fare carriers which provide air service throughout the world. Flights operate from midfield concourses A, B, C and D and from Z-gates connected to the Main Terminal. The Airport has invested in its infrastructure through a major construction program called D2, Dulles Development, which included two parking garages, a new airport traffic control tower, expanded B-gates, a new fourth runway, an automated people mover system called AeroTrain and an expanded International Arrivals Building. The airport is connected to the region’s highway system via an Authority-operated, 16-mile Airport Access Highway dedicated to airport users. A 23-mile expansion of the region's Metrorail system is planned to reach Dulles in 2016. [source: metwashairports.com]

Charlotte Douglas received the prestigious Eagle Award in 2010 from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for “Best Airport.” It is considered the most distinguished of awards in the aviation industry. Charlotte Douglas was recognized for its quality service and economical value to airline customers. 

This year, the Airport launched CLT 2015. It includes a new 7,000 parking space deck, expansion of Departures/Ticketing and Arrivals/Baggage Claim and roadway in front of the terminal. The terminal expansion will accommodate additional checkpoint lanes and reconfigure the ticket counters and the Arrivals/Baggage Claim lobby. [source: charlotteairport.com]

The sender shares the same date of birth with me. 13th of March :)

The Henry Ford Museum contains a collection of artifacts that demonstrate American ingenuity, whether they be every-day household items used by innovators or the products they invented. While the museum’s collection is mostly about cars and vehicles, it’s also about the evolution of America, from air planes to house-hold appliances. [source: detroit.about.com]

1928 Ford 4-AT TRI-MOTOR - This special built Ford Tri-Motor airplane was used by Commander Richard E. Byrd in 1929 to make man's first powered flight over the South Pole. The plane is now featured in the Entrepeneur's section of the Heroes of the Sky exhibit in Henry Ford Museum. Fifteen vintage aircraft on display allow visitors to explore the golden age of aviation from 1903-1939. [source: postcard]

Thank you very much Tim & Hilarie!

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