The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum has acquired a miniature replica of a B-17 bomber known as Shoo Shoo Baby for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the museum's branch at Dulles International Airport.
The plane's 12-foot wingspan and four engines will make it the largest radio-controlled plane in the museum's collection. It was built by Doug Smith of Coral Springs, Fla., and has been flown more than 400 times. Its wings have dozens of signatures from World War II B-17 crewmen.
Thomas Dietz, who curates the museum's model airplanes, said the replica is authentic in its appearance and will help represent the popular trend of large flying models. "We're lucky to get this one," said Dietz, who expects the Shoo Shoo Baby to be exhibited with other models in 2005 or 2006.
Gulfstream is trying to get its G550 ultra-long-range large-cabin jet into the record books kept by the National Aeronautic Association. The group keeps listings of city-to-city and speed and distance records. The G550 flew from Dulles to Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in 7 hours 24 minutes on March 8 and from Rotterdam Airport in the Netherlands to Dulles in 7 hours 27 minutes on March 11. No one has registered business jet times for those flights before with the association, so previous times are not available.
US Airways will add a third daily roundtrip flight between Reagan National Airport and New Orleans from Sept. 8 through Nov. 5.
-- Compiled by LILA ARZUA