Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

High-angle view looking down inside the cab of the control tower at Washington National Airport (DCA), Arlington, Virginia, 1941. Controllers Wilbur Pearie (left, seated at desk) and Richard Stark (right, standing) are seen at work at their stations. Note aircraft visible on the apron at left background: Pennsylvania Central Airlines (PCA) Douglas DC-3 r/n NC-21781 (partially visible at far left) and US Army Air Corps Boeing C-73 (Boeing Model 247D) with engines running.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics, Commercial
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Aircraft
  • Airplanes

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Del Ankers



Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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