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Topic: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: PWMRamper
Posted 2012-05-15 20:31:05 and read 5239 times.

Hey all. I'm connecting at O'Hare tomorrow, and will likely have 6 hours or so to kill.

Looking to leave the terminal to do some spotting.

I've heard the Starlight Inn offers a great view of arrivals on 27L.

But from what I see the winds will be out of the northeast tomorrow, so I'd assume they won't be using 27L.

Any suggestions on where to spot based on the weather forecast for tomorrow?

[Edited 2012-05-15 20:37:44]

[Edited 2012-05-15 20:37:59]

Topic: RE: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: sovietjet
Posted 2012-05-16 06:00:38 and read 5202 times.

I'll be at ORD after 5pm today trying to catch any VIP arrivals for the NATO summit this weekend. Looks like they are using runways 4R and 10 right now. You can spot runway 10 arrivals off Beeline rd and York rd on the west side, or in that general area. Plenty of different parking lots there and side streets to pull off into. Runway 4R arrivals are good until the sun switches over, you can park somewhere off of Seymour Ave and Irving Park Rd and walk to a desired location, but do not park directly on Irving park rd.

Topic: RE: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: iFlyLOTs
Posted 2012-05-16 17:24:34 and read 5150 times.

What day are most of the VIPs supposed to arrive? I was thinking of taking a drive up there to see as many as I can

Topic: RE: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: sovietjet
Posted 2012-05-16 20:18:54 and read 5143 times.

Probably Friday Saturday and Sunday...I didn't see any today but I was only there in the afternoon

Topic: RE: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: gabik001
Posted 2012-05-17 20:21:53 and read 5062 times.

When was talking with sovietjet over cellphone I saw some BBJ on arrival 22R. I found that might be one of the NATO guests. It was looking like A6-AIN or similar.
I just heard that tomorrow from 9am some fighter jets will be visible over the sky. VC-25 is expected to arrive on saturday. Hope to get good winds (I prefer east-west runways in use).

Topic: RE: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: powwwiii
Posted 2012-05-17 21:29:07 and read 5057 times.

I plan to go over there tomorrow after work, also most of the Sat., hope to catch some good ones.

Even with east-west wind, still not guarantee they will use 10/28 though, we will see.

Topic: RE: Planespotting At ORD 5/16?
Username: gabik001
Posted 2012-05-18 04:12:09 and read 5046 times.

Quoting powwwiii (Reply 5):

Even with east-west wind, still not guarantee they will use 10/28 though, we will see.

Well , thats why I would prefer those winds. They will use 9R or 27L/R (shorter taxiway to VIP pad made on 14L and not messed ground traffic) mostly than 28/10 left for regular traffic.

[Edited 2012-05-18 04:14:10]


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