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April 27, 2020

Washington Municipal Airport in 1941 Through Amazing Black and White Photos

These amazing black and white photos were taken by photographer Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration documenting airport operations at the Washington D.C. Municipal Airport in July of 1941.

Skylark: An airliner on the field seen through the window of the waiting room, municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

At the entrance to the municipal airport in Washington, D.C., July 1941

Beehive: In the ticket reservations department of one of the airliners, Washington, D.C. municipal airport, July 1941

Cool in Summer: Keeping the airliner air-conditioned while it is on the ground, municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

Fill er Up: An airliner refueling, Washington, D.C. municipal airport, July 1941

Fueling Up: In the cafe at the municipal airport in Washington, D.C., July 1941

Globetrotters: Decoration on the floor of the waiting room in the municipal airport in Washington, D.C., July 1941

Into the Blue: Airliners lined upon the field, municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

Last Call: Waiting for instructions to take off, Washington D.C. municipal airport, July 1941

Panorama: In the main waiting room at the municipal airport in Washington, D.C., July 1941

Pre-fight: Oil for the engine of an airliner preparatory to takeoff, municipal airport, Washington, D.C. July 1941

Silver Fleet: In the main waiting room of the municipal airport in Washington, D.C., July 1941

Spare a Dime: Passenger waiting for his plane in the lobby of the municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

Tarmac Roost: A group of Airliners on the field at the municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

The Watchers: Looking out over the field from the south concourse, municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

Three's a Crowd: Passengers in the waiting room at the municipal airport in Washington, D.C., July 1941

Ticket Please: From behind one of the ticket counters in the waiting room, Washington, D.C. municipal airport, July 1941

Traffic Control: Plane coming in at the municipal airport, seen from the control tower, Washington, D.C., July 1941

Wait Here: Entrance to the waiting room at the municipal airport, in Washington, D.C, 1941

Weather Man: In the teletype room, where weather data and other information is constantly being received, municipal airport, Washington, D.C., July 1941

(Photo © Jack Delano)

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