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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9628 posts, RR: 68
Posted (9 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
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I will be in Tulsa the last weekend of October for a week and would like to do some spotting, anyone have any spots online or anything?

Thanks

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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12509 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3372 times:
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Royal, there are some regulars who hang out there, I'm sure one of them will be along shortly.

I spent a Sunday there back in December. There is an official viewing area at each end of the main runway. Depending on the time of day and the wind direction these can be pretty good. You can also try the top of the Fine Parking lot, but I have heard that you'll likely get chased off (shame, because there's a pretty good view from there).

Traffic is a little slow - mainly WN and various regionals, some biz jets. I do have some shots from there (shameless plugging!):

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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

Royal,

The Oklahoma Air National Guard as F-16's based at TUL as well.  

I forgot to add that their unit is one of, if not THE most colorful group of military aircraft in the US inventory.

[Edited 2005-08-31 15:16:09]

User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3345 times:

Hey Royal,

Coming from the SEA area...you'll be VERY bored! Ralph Duenas and myself shoot there regularly. Ralph gets out there a lot more than I do. Steve is correct, its slow, which is almost an understatement. If CRJs, ERJs and WN are your bag, you'll enjoy. We have pretty much tired of it ourselves. There are some good spots though. The official lot on the northside next to the ANG is good in the morning for 18L arrivals. The official lot on the south end next to 36R is good for 36R arrivals and with you being here in October hopefully we'll be getting cooler weather and more northerly winds. The ANG F-16s usually fly just about every afternoon during the week. I think I have seen them on the weekend once or twice. About the only saving grace anymore is that Mercury Air has a transit ramp that sees a variety of military traffic passing through. You gotta be lucky on that though. We caught a Navy C-2 Greyhound a couple weeks ago. Ralph has gotten quite a few different military birds there. Your only heavy traffic will be the daily afternoon FedEx A310 from MEM which is sometimes a 727. The Fine Parking Garage will get you run off. Ralph got chased out the other night after 5 minutes while trying to get a lightning shot. There is a spot also in the middle of the airport near the control tower. Bizjet's parking lot there has some picnic tables you can use to get departures and taxi shots for 18L. You'll need 400mm there and minimal heathaze. I think I've covered most of it, Ralph add to this if I missed anything. Lemme know of any other questions.

Danny



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9628 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3338 times:
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thanks for all the info.

Will it still be light at 6pm there at the end of October? I would love to shoot a Delta 737-200.


User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3333 times:

Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 3):
The Fine Parking Garage will get you run off. Ralph got chased out the other night after 5 minutes while trying to get a lightning shot.

Question: When you or Ralph utilitized the Fine Airport Parking facility, did you walk to the garage and park elsewhere or bring your own vehicle in and park on the top level?



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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9628 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3305 times:
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our tour doesnt hit MN.

My schedule will be:

Tulsa
Chicago
Milwaukee
Buffalo
Los Angeles
Phoenix
Indy
Mohegan Sun


User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3288 times:

Quoting Brick (Reply 5):
Question: When you or Ralph utilitized the Fine Airport Parking facility, did you walk to the garage and park elsewhere or bring your own vehicle in and park on the top level?

That is the tricky part...we ALWAYS pay and park and stay right next to our vehicle. The time we were asked to leave, I was with Jim Hadley, fellow photog and attorney.  Smile Let's just say he doesn't take crap off anyone, which is a good thing most of the time. Long story short, the kid that had told us, paying customers, to leave got in trouble and if Jim calls ahead and talks to the GM to let them know we will be there, things are fine. Ralph was up there at night to get the lightning shot and I don't know if he got asked to leave by the same kid that asked us or not. It's hit and miss there.

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 4):

Will it still be light at 6pm there at the end of October? I would love to shoot a Delta 737-200.

Hard to say....I THINK it would still be ok then, BUT...the problem you face is that Delta is rumored to phase out 732 service to here in September. You can still catch the 4xweekly Champion 727.  Smile

Quoting F4wso (Reply 6):
Here is an overview.

Fine Airport Parking can be seen in that shot as the big building in the lower left of that photo. The "offical" south viewing lot is seen as the small lot just underneath that. It's possible to drive the small road at the end of 36R to snag a quick shot from under the approach lighting, but plan strategically, as Boeing security will chase you off if you linger.

Danny



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

Quoting Fiveholer (Reply 8):
we ALWAYS pay and park and stay right next to our vehicle

I was going to suggest that if you didn't park your own car in their garage that it might help if you did. But you are already doing that.  Smile There are a few garages around the U.S. that I hear of people getting kicked out of all the time, but think it's mostly because people aren't paying to be there. I've had very little, if any, problems shooting in these various "trouble" garages because I pay to park there and I don't get out of the car until it's time to take a shot.



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User currently offlineUsaf6986 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 35 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Hey im a new regular to the area, I was there with Ralph in the infamous garage that night shooting as well, I haven't got a chance to shoot with Danny yet, hope to soon. Ralph has told me most of the spots, and if you come at the right times, you'll def. get some Viper, and unfortunatly Jayhwak shots, and there is almost always a T-38 parked at Mercury.

User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3242 times:
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Royal,I will be in Tulsa this weekend for 4 days.What day will you be in LAX?
Jason Whitebird


User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3226 times:

Quoting CO777 (Reply 11):
I will be in Tulsa this weekend for 4 days

That's odd. The National Weather Service isn't forecasting rain for Tulsa this weekend...  Smile



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User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 days ago) and read 3219 times:
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Mark,your the one that gets rain.I get sun everywhere i go.When it comes to sunny weather i am the peoples champ.
Jason Whitebird


User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 633 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

Quoting CO777 (Reply 13):
Mark,your the one that gets rain.I get sun everywhere i go.When it comes to sunny weather i am the peoples champ.

I'll believe it when I see it.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9628 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
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it pissed for 5 days when JW stayed at my place in SEA. The day he left it cleared up.

J, im getting married in Vegas mid-October, you should come out...


User currently offlineC133 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3191 times:
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No one mentioned that the main American maintenance base is at TUL. It might provide a surprise or two, but that's what it would be--a surprise.


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User currently offlineSpartan13 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 207 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

Well according to the NWS of Tulsa, Isolated Tstrms are forecasted for tomorrow. So Jason is definetly going to be here tomorrow...Stay home!

As for Royal...get ready for our exciting RJ traffic. It can be very boring but then get pretty exciting sometimes as we get a wide variety of military traffic. I would be glad to meet up with you when you arrive as im sure the others will to.

Ralph



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User currently offlineCO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
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Ralph, that will happen before i get there.So leave the airport and take your T-Storms with you because i will bring sun to all of Tulsa.
Jason Whitebird


User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Quoting C133 (Reply 16):
No one mentioned that the main American maintenance base is at TUL

Both of my parents work for AA at Tulsa Maintenance. You'd think you would have seen an A300 at TUL in the photo database by now, but they usually arrive from JFK or MIA very late at night or early morning.

Other maintenance flights include MD-80s, but they blend in with the rest of the normal traffic. I remember as a kid watching the DC-10's circle around the city doing touch and goes all day...

EDIT:

There's one photo in the database:
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[Edited 2005-09-02 17:55:36]


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User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 633 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

Mark,
Yes, you are right. The A300 is there in Tulsa on occassion. Last time I was there, there were six or so on the ramp for door installment and just out of service due to schedules.

Aside from this, FedEx runs an Airbus there now as well...pretty sure this hasn't changed.

I had a couple of pics from my very first visit of an A300 in AA's scheme arriving, but it was downed for badmotiv....oh, well...such is life!  Smile

Have fun, Royal.


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9628 posts, RR: 68
Reply 21, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 3131 times:
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I've never had the pleasure of shooting a AA A300 before, might have to take a tour of the MX facility  Smile

User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (9 years 21 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 21):
I've never had the pleasure of shooting a AA A300 before, might have to take a tour of the MX facility

Good luck. My parents can't even get family in without special permission. My brothers and I surprised my father at work (I live in Denver and another brother lives in Phoenix) back in Febraruy for his 60th birthday. He had no idea we were coming. It took us almost 3 weeks of phone calls to get permission to even come on base.



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User currently offlineSpartan13 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 207 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 17 hours ago) and read 3120 times:

The AA A300 are a hit and miss thing, everytime I've noticed them coming in to TUL they either come in during crappy lighting conditions or at night. But in October the late afternoon light will be great as is shown from Steve Brimley and the winds are generally from the north which allows us to use the best viewing area around the airport.


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