aviation photography

At DC-area airports: art from Mars & amazing aircraft photos

Heading to or through Ronald Reagan Washington National or Washington Dulles Airports? There are two new art exhibits to check out.


Photo by Jeffrey Mistein


About 20 large-scale images of aircraft taken just as they’re landing are featured in “AirCraft: The Jet as Art” by American photographer Jeffrey Milstein at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Look for them through December 8 in the airport’s Gallery Walk art corridor, which is near the underground walkway connecting Terminal A with the parking garages. Historic aviation pieces from the College Park Aviation Museum are on display here as well.


Over at Washington Dulles International Airport, the images in “Mars As Art” feature more than 45 NASA and European Space Agency images taken by spacecraft from orbit and on the surface of Mars. Look for these images in the Gateway Gallery in the connecting walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates and the C Concourse until November 30.


Valles Marineris, known as the Grand Canyon of Mars, which is long enough to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles.



Wild photo: American Airlines plane lifted over highway

Take a good look at this photo of the MD-80 jet that American Airlines recently donated to the George T. Baker Aviation School in Miami.  The school is just across the highway from Miami International Airport, but they couldn’t just fly the plane over. So the airline partnered with the Odebrecht construction and engineering company to move the 39-ton plane from the airport to the aviation school. They used a 500-ton crane equipped with a 400-foot telescoping boom.

The photo was sent to me by Miami International Airport and was taken by Joe Pries whose website is filled with really great aviation photos.