Photos of the Week: Election Season Brings Capitol Vibes

Reagan National Airport provides scenic views of planes, landmarks

By BlueSkyStaff

Published October 23, 2023

Read Time: 2 mins


As Americans exercise their right to vote this election season, we thought it appropriate to feature views of the nation’s emblems of democracy.

Let’s start with the U.S. Capitol Building, which opened in 1800, though marrying it with aviation would take a bit longer.

It wouldn’t be until 141 years later, when Washington National Airport opened in 1941, that the general public could take in spectacular views of the Capitol on a regular basis during takeoffs and landings. The airport was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in 1998 but remains DCA to aviation buffs.

Built less than five miles from the Capitol Building and just over five miles from the White House, the airport provides close access to our nation’s capital and great views, both of planes and landmarks.

Frequent Photos of the Week contributor Casper Wood captured this recent image of a JetBlue plane getting ready to land at DCA on a beautiful sunny day, with the Capitol in the background.

Not to be outdone, Brian Hoebel took this photo after taking off from DCA en route to Atlanta, featuring some great views of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.

Thanks, Casper and Brian!

Our readers continue to pass along shots of unique aircraft, international airports, historical events, gorgeous views and even family vacation photos for this feature. We love them! Keep them coming—you can click here for submission guidelines.

A flight departs from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in route to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Photo submitted by Brain Hoebel)

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