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Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 12294 times:

Hi!

While not really a true planespotter (I don't really take the regs) I do go to a lot of airports to look at the airport and watch planes. This can be big ones like Heathrow and Gatwick and Zurich or small ones. My question is what's the most out of the way airport you've visited just to see the airport and watch planes or take photos or whatever? Mine would be Lydd in Kent in England. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere in this area of marshland. It took me about 2 hours driving to get there but yes it was worth it!

http://www.lydd-airport.co.uk/

Any thoughts and stories welcome!

Many thanks,

Pierre

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3013 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 12275 times:

Well, here in SoCal we have two airports—MHV and VCV—that are packed with stored airplanes and in the middle of nowhere. I've been to both; I did not go just for the airport, but it was relatively on the way to where I was going; a slight deviation. Well worth it.


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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12218 times:

Hi!

That's cool. I think I've seen those airports in movies like "Terminal Velocity" and stuff from the 90s. Just as an aside there's a guy in the UK who got into visiting navaids. He even made a website about it and has been to far more out there places than me!

http://www.trevord.com/navaids/

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineatct From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2345 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12190 times:

I live in Alaska and have been to some pretty remote strips. Beluga, Nondalton, Seldovia, Craig SPB etc.

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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 902 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 12166 times:

Some little Icelandic airports such as Selfoss, Vestmannaeyjar, Stykkisholmur and Bildudalur. Some of these only have maybe 1 Cessna flight a day!


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 12096 times:

I've been to MXE,that's in the middle of nowhere.


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User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12067 times:

I'd say my most out-of-the-way have to be Fryeburg, Maine, Twentynine Palms, California and Thermal, California (I actually have a photo in the database from the latter.) Also San Bernardino, which while not exactly out-of-the-way is typically almost completely empty.

User currently offlinechrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 12022 times:

Telluride, Colorado (KTEX)


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User currently offlineAviRaider From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 12008 times:

I don't know if this fully qualifies, but I planned my honeymoon cruise completely around one stop in Saint Maarten to see the famous Maho Beach. The cruise terminal is on the other side of the island and it took some convincing to get a taxi to take us there. Loved every moment of it, dying to go back.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11999 times:

Quoting AviRaider (Reply 8):
I planned my honeymoon cruise completely around one stop in Saint Maarten to see the famous Maho Beach.

Just curious, still married?  
A couple of years ago in St. Barths I took a bicycle off of the small cruise ship we were on, and bicycled over to the famous St. Barths airport. I stood on top of the hill and watched the planes dive to the runway. I also stood on the beach at the other end of the runway and watched the planes land both directions.

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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11996 times:

Hi!

Thanks for the replies. People sure have been to some interesting out of the way airports. I would love to go to Telluride for example as it is in FsX and I have flown the "Telluride landing" mission so many times! St.Maarten and St.Barts would be awesome too, not forgetting Grand Case on the other side of the island and Saba!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21851 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11951 times:

I can't say I went there to go spotting, but I did go to see the airport. Or should I say intergalactic spaceport?

This is the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport (yes, that's its name):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/miyridian/IMG_1859-1.jpg

It was, apparently, created in 1994 when, in response to NASA stating that Jupiter would be hit by several comets and meteors, the citizens of Green River, Wyoming, decided that the Jovians might want a place to evacuate to before things got ugly.

So far, unsurprisingly, no Jovians have landed there. One would think that if that they happened to show up and discovered that this is what was set up for them, they might decide to try their luck on a different planet.

It does, however, remain open to whatever air traffic wants to land there (and is willing to brave the runway): http://www.airnav.com/airport/48U

-Mir



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User currently offlinejohnkrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1401 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11951 times:
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Not counting the usual stuff, like PEK, HK, CPH and so on it's got to be Raadi outside Tartu in Estonia.


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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11939 times:

Juliaca in Peru counts?

User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 11858 times:

Hi!

Many thanks for the further replies. Interesting to hear of these out of the way places.

Quoting Mir (Reply 11):
This is the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport (yes, that's its name):

Have you heard of the Art Bell radio show from the 90s Coast to Coast AM. It sounds just like something from his show. I'm no planet expert but isn't jupiter made of gases or something? That's wild that some people believe there is life there and that it might come to Earth!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 4087 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11826 times:

I spent a day at Kisoro Airport in Uganda during February - interesting little place, saw a dozen or so small aircraft operating out of it when I was there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisoro_Airport

http://goo.gl/maps/ld7G


User currently offlinechrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11735 times:

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):
I would love to go to Telluride

I vacation in Telluride every now and then and am always amazed by its beauty. Here are links to a couple of photos from doing some spotting there. Will be back in September!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jacobs_photography/6189950529/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jacobs_photography/6182366806/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jacobs_photography/6176952706/



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User currently offlineegph From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11712 times:

I dragged my then partner to EGPU / TRE - Tiree Airport in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland to see the daily Loganair flight from GLA arrive and then depart 40 minutes later (Saab 340) only scheduled movement that day for the airport. We were on a short break there at the time and I refused to leave without spotting there.

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[Edited 2012-06-05 04:34:17]

User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11676 times:

Quoting chrisjake (Reply 7):
Telluride, Colorado (KTEX)

Unfortunately when I visited the runway was being totally resurfaced, so no traffic. Absolutely incredible scenery and I'd love to fly into there someday.

As for me, the main "remote" airport that comes to mind at the moment is Moab, in the Utah canyonlands. We drove for hours and hours without seeing much in the way of civilisation before coming across this airfield, then the "city" of Moab.

Here's an example of how desolate the surrounding area is;

http://goo.gl/maps/nNh3

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