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Editor’s Notebook: No vested interest, nope, none whatsoever

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Here’s a Sun Gazette wayback-machine trip, taking us back to this coming week in 1966.

A news article in the Northern Virginia Sun reported that Maryland’s congressional delegation was actively opposing plans to allow jet traffic to use National Airport, in those days before either “Washington” or “Ronald Reagan” were tacked onto the name.

Hmmmm, that’s a head-scratcher. Nope, wait, it’s not: Keeping the prohibition on jets at National would be beneficial to what was then known as Friendship Airport and today is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. People wanted to fly on jets rather than earlier-era aircraft.

Guess the Maryland delegation didn’t have the political oomph to get the job done, as it was not long after that news article appeared that Reagan National was opened up to jets, rather than being relegated to old-style aircraft from the pre-jet era.


SPEAKING OF JET AIRCRAFT: It was back in this coming week in 1976 that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors enacted a noise statute specifically designed to stop the Concorde from overflying the county while going to and from Dulles Airport.

Critics of the proposal said it was abundantly clear that the supervisors has zero, zip, nada authority to try and regulate air commerce in the skies, but simply not being allowed to do it has never stopped pandering politicians, has it?

The ordinance would be struck down a little bit down the road by a federal judge, and the Concorde began using Dulles in the late 1970s. I remember watching it come in for landings when the ol’ family lived in wild, wild, western Fairfax some years later. Vivid memories!

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: While on the history beat, here is one from the April 14, 1983, edition of the Sun.

A year before, fire had raged through the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, leaving it a smoldering heap. But, as rebuilding efforts were getting underway (along with the $18 million fund-raising effort they would require), Wolf Trap officials said they would present a summer schedule in temporary quarters.

You have to go wayyyyyyyyyy back, but who didn’t enjoy the annual appearance of the Smothers Brothers (with the “Yo-Yo Man”) at Wolf Trap?

— Scott McCaffrey

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