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Plane Spotting At KIAD(dulles)  
User currently offline777_rule From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8495 times:

hey! well i just asked if any one knew of any spots for Zaventem, but no1 knows Sad.. but now. FOR ANY ONE THAT LIVES IN THE FAIRFAX/MCLEAN,VIRGINIA area and goes to IAD>washington dulles International Airport, would know of any good picture taking spots? BESDIES the free under the control tower spots.. PS. directions would be very nice also.. saying that i havent been in my home town area for 1 year and 25 days Sad!

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User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8444 times:

The observation desk under the control tower has been closed for 2 years o so due to major airport construction going around. (new runway, underground rail system, terminal expansion, etc) also a new Air & Space Museam at IAD openin in December 2003. There are several outside area if you have a car that is good for spotting. Gate 4 is good for landing shots in the morning (facing west) on RWY 1R. sorry, I don't have the direction for you.

There are several places to shoot inside the terminal,mostly good for taxi shots. Windows in the D concourse is good and your facing east towards to tower. Concourse A has a walkway like Denver to Concourse B and can be fine for shooting. The windows are tinted tho. IAD has changed and will become a HUGE airport withinthe next 10 years.


User currently offlineDullesguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8440 times:

Well IAD is hard to shoot at right now. Due to sun and construction and winds all combined. The observation deck is up and open now..but its not to great..sun is always in a bad position and not much taxis by but commuter stuff. The terminal windows once again in C and D are good..but only for watching. The sun during spring/summer goes more east and west..but in the winter its south all the time..making those spots great for pics. Outside when the winds are south, the best spot for 19L is at signature flight support parking lot..but since construction is going on, they're using an artificial threshold further up, making pic taking not really possible..unless somethin special comes in and parks in the signature lot. This spot is good for the 3PM-Sunset time. In the mornings though, theres a good spot in the postal parking lot. After on the acess road exit right where it says flight support, as if on your way to hawthorne. But keep back all the way through the construction, and turn up into the parking lot next to 1L/19R. or you can go to the north employee parking lot. in both spots keep a low profile. Not much comes in the morning, except ANA 744, and Saudi 744, and the Ethiopian 767. Right now thats the best spot, due to the construction on 19L.

Hope this helps a bit,

"..the joy of the Lord is your strength" Nehemiah 8:10
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