Travelers and visitors to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have a new reason to enjoy their layover, and it makes the staff of The Andrews Gazette particularly proud. The new Observation Gallery, which opened July 18 on the upper level of the BWI ticketing lobby, between corridors B and C, tells the story of aviation in Maryland through donated objects and images including a half-scale satellite model provided by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory; a 28’ sounding rocket provided by NASA Wallops Island; and other significant items from Martin Aircraft, Fairchild Manufacturing, the College Park Airport, Naval Air Station Patuxent River and others.
The exhibit also features a photo by our own Bobby Jones.
“His photo is our best representation of Andrews Air Force Base, and we are very excited to have it,” said exhibit designer Martha Davidson in an email. “We think it is a beautiful image and that it will be a great asset to our exhibition about aviation in Maryland.”
The photo, which originally appeared in the Capital Flyer, depicts Col. Steven Shepro, then-316th Wing Commander, along with members of the 316th Wing protocol office, rendering a salute as Air Force One departed Joint Base Andrews to fly President Obama to Wiliamsburg, Va., where he spoke to House Democrats to urge them to cooperate with the Senate and Republicans to approve passage of the stimulus package.
Another print of the photo occupies a special place in Camp Springs,, Md.
“I have that very same photo in my home, autographed to me and my wife from President Barack Obama,” Jones said. “In any event, it was pretty nice getting an invite somewhere and not having to take a camera.”