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  • Archive for April 20th, 2012

    PHOTOS: Space Shuttle Discovery

    by Casey | Posted on April 20th, 2012

    Space Shuttle Discovery nearly touched noses with Space Shuttle Enterprise as she was escorted by her entourage of astronauts to the forefront of a celebration in her honor on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The space-worn Discovery is now settled in as the crown jewel of the collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.

    Visiting the Museum:
    14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway * Chantilly, VA 20151
    Hours of Operation: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
    Extended Summer Hours (May 25-September 3): 10 AM to 6:30 PM
    Open daily except for December 25
    Admission is free
    Parking is $15; Annual passes available; Free parking after 4 PM
    McDonalds & McCafe are on-site

    Overnight Travel:
    Air and Space Museum Package by Hyatt Place Dulles Aiport South in Chantilly
    Udvar-Hazy Discovery Package by Comfort Inn & Suites Dulles Gateway Hotel in Sterling
    Family Getaway Package by Hampton Inn Dulles Airport South in Chantilly
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    Enterprise awaits Discovery

    Enterprise awaits Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery flight crew make their way past Enterprise to welcome the new addition.

    Discovery flight crew make their way past Enterprise to welcome the new addition. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    John Glenn arrives at the celebration. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, oldest person to travel in space, and so much more.

    John Glenn arrives at the celebration. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, oldest person to travel in space, and so much more. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

    United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery begins her approach to take center stage with Enterprise.

    Discovery begins her approach to take center stage with Enterprise. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery approaches Enterprise

    Discovery approaches Enterprise. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery gets ever closer with her astronaut escort.

    Discovery gets ever closer with her astronaut escort. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery

    Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Nose to nose, Enterprise and Discovery meet for the first time.

    Nose to nose, Enterprise and Discovery meet for the first and last time. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery's flight crew

    Discovery's flight crew. Photo by Casey Higgins.

     

    John Glenn took the stage to address the Welcome Discovery Celebration

    John Glenn address the attendees of the Welcome Discovery Celebration. Photo by Casey Higgins.

     

    John Glenn departs from Discovery

    John Glenn departs from Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Eileen Collins takes a moment to sign an autograph. Collins was the first female to pilot a shuttle, and it happened to be Discovery.

    Eileen Collins takes a moment to sign an autograph. Collins was the first female to pilot a shuttle, and it happened to be Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose

    Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose. Photo by Dave Neudeck.



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    Porter Airlines Lands in Dulles

    by Casey | Posted on April 20th, 2012

    Canadians love Virginia and now they’ll have unsurpassed access to all the Commonwealth has to offer by way of short, round-trip premium flights from Toronto to the Capital Region.

    Earlier this week Porter Airlines made its inaugural flight from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Washington Dulles Airport. It was the first of what will be four daily round-trip flights between Toronto and the Capital Region.

    Guests aboard Porter Airlines will have access to premium in-flight amenities – passenger lounges, complimentary drinks and snacks (including wine and beer), and highly coveted extra leg room.

    With four flight times, getting from Canada to Virginia will be easier than ever. Guests can choose Toronto departure times of 7 am, 11:20 am, 1:55 pm, or 6:15 pm. The 11:20 am flight will be available beginning May 14, 2012.

    To learn more about vacationing in Virginia, see Virginia.org.

    International Visitors from Canada

    Left to Right:  Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade JimCheng; Owner of Porter Airlines Robert Deluce; President of Pulse Communications and Travel Marketing, Inc. Sana Keller; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Margaret McKeough; and Head of Air Service Marketing at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Ann Pina.

    Left to Right: Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Jim Cheng; Owner of Porter Airlines, Robert Deluce; President of Pulse Communications and Travel Marketing, Inc., Sana Keller; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Margaret McKeough; and Head of Air Service Marketing at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Ann Pina.



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