Mars and Jets on Display at Washington’s Airports

Published: May 08, 2013

Stunning Photographs Showcase Aircraft in Flight and Extraterrestrial Geography


The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Arts Program is introducing two new exhibits at Dulles International and Reagan National airports beginning this month.

“AirCraft: The Jet as Art” by American photographer Jeffrey Milstein, showcases large-scale images of aircraft taken moments before landing. The exhibit at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will be on display until December 8 in the airport’s Gallery Walk art corridor, near the underground walkway connecting Terminal A with the parking garages. It will also feature historic aviation pieces from the College Park Aviation Museum.

“I’m thrilled to have my work on display at Reagan National Airport,” said Milstein. “Airport travelers and visitors viewing the nearly 20 photos can see the unique detail of aircraft that will highlight the complexity of their engineering and the beauty of flight.”

Milstein, internationally-known for capturing photos of planes in mid-flight, digitally removes the background from each image to focus attention on the design, color, and symmetry of the aircraft, creating fine art, as pictured below.


Visit here for more information about Milstein and his work.

Washington Dulles International Airport is featuring “Mars As Art” in the Gateway Gallery in the connecting walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates and the C Concourse until November 30.

The exhibit showcases more than 45 NASA and European Space Agency images taken from orbit and on the surface of Mars by spacecraft that have visited there.

“Showcasing Mars artistically speaks to us as humans in unexpected ways,” said James L. Green, Director of NASA’s Planetary Science. “We see the beautiful images backlit in the Gateway Gallery, pause, and wonder… are these real? How were these features created? Could what happen on Mars happen here on Earth?”

For nearly forty years, cosmic bodies around Mars and on its surface have provided stunning photographic images and extraordinary insight into the history, climate and geology of the planet.


Pictured above is Valles Marineris, known as the Grand Canyon of Mars, which is long enough to stretch from New York City to Los Angeles. Visit here for more information about “Mars As Art.” 

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, through its Arts Program, offers diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, live performances and public art displays that celebrate the beauty and creativity of the National Capital Region. For more information about the Airports Authority Arts Program visit the Reagan National and Dulles International airports “What’s New?” pages at

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia to manage and operate Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Va. No taxpayer money is used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States