First direct flight from Augusta to Washington, D.C.

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Passengers waited Wednesday to board the first direct flight from Augusta Regional Airport to Reagan National in Washington, D.C. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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A passenger waits to board the first direct flight from Augusta Regional Airport to Washington, D.C. The flight will run six days a week, Sunday through Friday. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Customer service agents Daniel Gonzalez (left) and Dagmar Wells check in passengers boarding the first direct flight to Washington from Augusta Regional Airport. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Customer service agents Dagmar Wells (left) and Daniel Gonzalez check in passengers for the first direct flight from Augusta Regional Airport to Reagan National Airport. Twenty-two travelers booked the Washington flight Wednesday. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Philipp Liu, 14, looks back at his father before boarding the first direct flight to Washington from Augusta Regional Airport. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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A passenger waits to board the first direct flight from Augusta Regional Airport to Washington, D.C. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Trucks spray a water cannon salute as the first direct flight to Washington takes off from Augusta Regional Airport. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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The 6:35 p.m. flight to Washington on a 50-seat Canadair regional jet took off from Augusta Regional Airport six minutes ahead of schedule. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver (center) attended Wednesday's celebration of US Airways' service from Augusta Regional Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Jay Forrester, the Augusta Aviation Commission chairman, said Augusta has been trying to land a flight to Washington for 50 years. EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF

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US Airways celebrated its first direct flight from Augusta to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

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