National Geographic : 1953 Jan
6 Paul M. Sclhmick Arlington Third-graders Invade a Supermarket for an Arithmetic Lesson Students arrived at Kate Waller Barrett School with cash and shopping lists supplied by parents, then marched to a store to test their knowledge of figures. Not one strayed from his list by so much as a candy bar. hangar from the airport, just as the civil air lines do, where planes are serviced and main tained. Many of the arrivals and departures of dig nitaries, often men who are shaping the desti nies of the world, are accompanied by elabo rate ceremonies, with military detachments, welcoming officials, and all that goes with such occasions. At times the take-offs and landings total two a minute. With such a flow and with the constant coming and going of celebrities, the very air seems charged with excitement and the pulse beat of adventure. This is primarily a domestic airport, with many daily flights to New York City, Chicago, the west coast, and other points in the United States. But it has such international facilities as customs, immigration, and public health, and becomes a direct point for international civilian flights when La Guardia or other east coast airports are closed down. Despite a recently completed large addi tion to the main building, and despite every technical improvement and modern device, aircraft are forced to double park at times, even with 16 gate positions available. Air lanes for getting in are saturated, ideal efficiency is unfavorably affected by very close proximity to military airfields, and the total area is small. When the port was planned in 1938, largely at the instance of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a model for other airports, a great war was not foreseen. One result of that war has been larger and ever larger com mercial aircraft, making further adjustments in the port's gate positions necessary. Officials have declared that Washington must have a new and larger airport by 1955. A plan to build on a 4,500-acre tract at Burke, in Fairfax County, Virginia, was vigorously protested by landowners who faced condem nation proceedings. The project reached stale mate when Congress failed to vote necessary funds. In sharp contrast with the teeming activity Tidewater Potomac Separates Washington -> from Its Virginia Suburbs Navy ships enter the Anacostia River, ocean-going yachts dock in Washington Channel, and barges ap proach Key Bridge, but rapids bar navigation beyond that point. Arlington and Alexandria areas once be longed to the District of Columbia, but Congress returned them to Virginia in 1846.