Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the land which it sits on have a long history. As you may know, the Airport didn’t used to have President Reagan’s name in its title. President Clinton approved changing the Airport’s official name from Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on February 6, 1998.
The history of Reagan National Airport goes back much further than 1998, though. Construction of Washington National Airport began on November 21, 1938 at Gravelly Point where John Parke Custis –President George Washington’s adopted stepson –had lived over 150 years before! The land on which the majority of the Airport now sits used to be underwater. Engineers and workers had to block out the water and pump in sand and gravel to make firm ground. Construction of Terminal A –which used to be the Airport’s only terminal –began in 1940.