A sight I would have loved to see close up…. a Boeing 787 landed recently at Washington DC National Airport (known as Reagan National since 1998). This airport (Code = DCA) is the nearest to the capitol.
On May 7, as part of its world dream tour, the third Boeing 787 ever manufactured (Serial number ZA003) made a very short flight from Washington’s other main airport: Dulles International to DCA. The 787 uses composite materials and its main features include larger windows than on any other plane, a four-panel windshield, better air circulation, improved lighting and humidity and much larger overhead bins. It is designed to use 30% less fuel than a 767.
Five reasons why it is significant:
- First landing of the 787 at DCA
- Second biggest plane ever to land at DCA after a United DC-10 emergency touchdown in 1998
- The third widebody aircraft type to land at DCA after the DC10 and 767
- At 2,094 metres (7,169 ft), Runway 19 is probably the shortest runway, the 787 has landed on
- The 787 will almost certainly never fly into and out of this airport because of size constraints