Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA, FAA LID: DCA) is a public airport 3 miles (4.8 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia. It is the commercial airport nearest to Washington, D.C. For decades the airport was called Washington National but it was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National in 1998 to honor former U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) operates the airport with close oversight by the federal government due to proximity to the national capital.
RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
Hoover Field, near the present site of the Pentagon, was the first major terminal to be developed in the Capital area, opening its doors in 1926. The facility’s single runway was crossed by a street; guards had to stop automobile traffic during takeoffs and landings. The following year Washington Airport, another privately operated field, began service next door. In 1930 the Depression caused the two terminals to merge to form Washington-Hoover Airport. Bordered on the east by U.S. Route 1, with its accompanying high-tension electrical wires, and obstructed by a high smokestack on one approach and a dump nearby, the field was inadequate.
RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA, FAA LID: DCA) is a public airport 3 miles (4.8 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia.
RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 15 ft.
Runway length available: 01/19 6869×150 ft. :: 04/22 4911×150 ft. :: 15/33 5204×150 ft.