July 9-21, 2005
Flight from Chicago to Washington Dulles
Chicago O'Hare airport is always busy. I had gotten on the plane for Washington Dulles, and the plane was being pushed away from the gate.
Taxiing to the runway.
Washington Dulles on a hot, humid day.
The silhouette of the plane on top of pine trees as we approached a runway.
This is VOR - short for VHF (very high frequency) Omnidirectional Range navigation. It sends out signals that enable pilots to find their way accurately.
Two popular airline jets of the 1960-80 era now relegated to cargo service: Boeing 727 in DHL color and Douglas Super-DC-8 in UPS color.
The Super-DC-8 has been re-engined with highly efficient fanjets.
The main terminal was 300 feet long when it was built; its length was doubled to 602 feet in the past 10 years.
There has always been some kind of construction going on ever since the Commonwealth of Virginia took over.
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