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GRAVURE SECTION / £ 4t*V*lvV*t AUGUST3,1941
8 PAGES OF PICTURES l/JJJ£ f UHUvlJU liXl 10 CENTS PER COPY WASHINGTON, D C m --—~~ ^^mm^mmmmm wm mm —And Maybe You'll See Yourself Flying! ! 14—The show is all theirs for a dime. Last Sunday, when these pictures were taken, you hod to squeeze in a bit to get a rail view from the observation tier. But there was generally room for one more. ^ On the inside looking out through the greot * 100-foot-wide window of the odministrotion build ing. For a dime you con join thot even more air-minded crowd on the outside observation "deck" and get an unobstructed and much closer view of the goings-on as the great liners arrive and deport. QN THE theory that today's spectator is tomorrow's air traveler, the new Washington National J Airport has made it a policy to encourage visitors. The response augurs a big increase in * air traffic. Washingtonians and tourists alike have taken to this new $15,000,000 show place like ducks to water—or rather like birds to air. Still less than two months old, the elaborate oir terminal, most modern and best-equipped in the world, has played host to an estimated 800,000 persons. Of these the great majority are there just to sit and watch, for hours at a time. For them the deft handling of the huge airliners, almost as though they were toys, has a fascination all its own. Thousands of spectators crowd the observation terraces and the spacious main waiting room day after day. Week-day crowds frequently run above 10,000, and on Sundays as many as 45,000 persons have been counted. For all of its 750 acres, the airport has a parking problem. Only 1,200 spaces are available now, although several thousand more will be provided later. Over __I.__* I_J __I *__P _ _« . I .1 • I . .1 ■ • wccr\ ciiu3, ii 9 UIIHU3I us uuu us vn i siicci. viii.c mere, me siynisccr na> ine uiuiwc of watching activities on the great pattern of runways from the huge main waiting room, or paying 10 cents for a view from the observation terrace outside the waiting room and directly above the I loading apron. From the inside, the spectator looks through a great wall of glass 26 feet high ' and 100 feet across. The airport has no objection to the "free" views. But to date, more than 150, 000 persons have elected to pay a dime for the better view afforded by the observation terraces. The need to separate the curious from the busy was seen by the airport's builders. No general a access to the field is possible by the spectators, except those wanting to make "flight-seeing" trips * over the city. To the right and left of the huge window are stairs leading down to the field level. I Further to the right and left are long, glass-inclosed promenades for air passengers waiting for their | planes. Passenger traffic is running about 60,000 persons a month, and that means between 180 and 200 planes arriving or leaving each day. So airport officials feel they are putting on a pretty * big show for a dime. star staff photos ^ KelI(** j 1 B On popular days, such as last Sunday, B parking is tight. There's hardly a hole in |f 3j that long parking area for visitors. But ™ it won't be that way long. The 1,200 f ^ parking spaces are going to be increased ■ 1 to several thousand.