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ANA's Star Wars BB8 777 at Dulles

A short time ago, at an airport near, near DC...

Episode IAD

It is a time of celebration.  All Nippon Airways has been building up its fleet on planet Earth.  With three new jets, ANA has set out on a mission to unite Star Wars fans across the galaxy.

ANA has sent its most daring crew on a mission to Washington, DC.  Piloting a 777-381ER with droid BB-8, the crew unites a group of allies gathered on the runway welcoming their guests.

With daily service between WASHINGTON, DC and TOKYO, All Nippon Airways continues to connect opposite sides of Earth.  After a short visit, BB-8 races home aboard his 777, offering passengers Star Wars themed accoutrements, before heading to the next special appearance destination...

I wanted the "waving" photos to resemble the farewell photos from the 25th Anniversary Flight event in 2011; several of my photos from that event made it into USA Today.

As an aside, here is a photo of me on R/W 1C / 19C's hold-short with my "big lens."  That is smoke from the ARFF burn facility in the distance - in other words, a controlled fire at a training facility during an exercise.  Thanks again to Airport Operations for getting me around the airfield quickly and safely to make these photos possible!

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