BWI observation gallery reopens

Seating at the new observation gallery at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Aviation Administration Seating of the new observation gallery at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. (Maryland Aviation Administration)

The observation gallery at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Aiport reopened this week to the public, just a little over a year after it closed down for a makeover.

The gallery, similar to the outdoor observation deck that was part of the original Friendship Airport, was created in 1995 to offer the public a view of airport operations. The space included aviation-related exhibits including large sections of a Boeing 737-200 aircraft.

The updated gallery includes binocular viewers to visitors can get a close-up look at airport operations. Exhibits include a 28-foot tall model of a NASA rocket and a half-sized model of the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. When that craft is launched in 2018, its mission will be to explore the sun’s corona.

New charging stations have been installed and there is also a new Sky Azure cocktail lounge.

The observation gallery is  on the upper level of the airport between Concourses B and C. An added bonus: Visitors don’t have to go through security to visit.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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