Due to the strength of the northwest wind, most aircraft were circling to land on runway 33, so the view wasn't as good as with runway 1. Years ago, I visited the park when runway 19 was active. It appeared that the jets on final approach were going to fly right into us, and after they passed overhead I would feel a tiny residue of the jet blast and smell Jet-A. Highly recommended. There is a sign banning kite flying in the park.
A little while later, the wind abated and more aircraft began to use runway 1. I shot the following video--nothing terribly exciting, but best watched at 1080p fullscreen--of two takeoffs and a landing. Sorry for the shaky camera work (the wind was cold).
|Just before touchdown on Rwy 33|
|After takeoff on Rwy 33|
|The fire truck made several rounds while I was there|
|Takeoff on Rwy 1|
|The DCA VOR/DME|
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