NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 5 Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3313 times:
How were most of the pictures taken here on airliners.net at Opa Locka?
I was there last week trying to get pictures of a lot of the classic planes like the DC-6s/C-118s, DC-7s, Convair 440s/C-131s etc and there seem to be fences everywhere - so the question of shooting thru the fence is kind of out because beyond the first fence will be a second or even a 3rd fence.
Is there anyone there at the airport that can let you on the ramp supervised to get a few shots?
I'm trying to figure out how most of these shots were taken or are all the shots on the OPF ramp taken by airport workers or pilots that flew there?
There were 2 threads previously on here about spotting at OPF.
One said that it was hard to get pictures, the other one said that the airport is really friendly for taking pictures.
mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3120 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3280 times:
I don't know how's the access nowadays, in 2001 I was there, with a rented car I just drove through the airport and almost without noticing it, I was side by side with those planes, don't ask me how, nobody was there to control the access. OPF had his own status
Darreno1 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 223 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3272 times:
I've been there a couple times and security does seem less tight than most airports. I've used a ladder and have shot through the fence. I recall one security officer taking a peek at us from across the way then driving off after confirming what we were there for (I was on a ladder close to the fence that time). The other time I shot through the fence no one seemed to care or maybe I was just lucky. If you drive around you will find areas where there's only one fence in the way and the planes very close.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3267 times:
Quoting Darreno1 (Reply 2): I've been there a couple times and security does seem less tight than most airports. I've used a ladder and have shot through the fence. I recall one security officer taking a peek at us from across the way then driving off after confirming what we were there for (I was on a ladder close to the fence that time). The other time I shot through the fence no one seemed to care or maybe I was just lucky. If you drive around you will find areas where there's only one fence in the way and the planes very close.
Thanks for the help,
An earlier thread from 2 years ago said something about contacting the airport manager or stopping by the office, where even the manager took the guys out in a golf cart. While another thread from about the same time said people had trouble.
I was just there last week, some of the stuff like the Arrow DC-10s are too close to the fence to take thru the fence and you can pretty much just shoot over the fence.
I was afraid to go up to any fences that day because I set off a perimeter alarm earlier that day at FXE next to the spotting area when I got my ladder out to take a picture of a Beech 18 next to the spotting area. The security guy was real cool and knew what my intentions were so I didn't get any hassle. Still I was afraid of attracting security attention.
Some of the planes - like the C-117 I wanted to get a picture of had about 3 fences in front of it so ladders or shooting thru the fence wouldn't work. There were a couple of Lockheed Jetstars I wanted to get but they were located right by the Coast Guard gate entrance and I wasn't about to do anything like stand on ladders etc.
Some of the good stuff was located near the FBO (forgot what it is called but on northwest side of the complex. That was near where the DC-7s, C-54, C-118 and a few DC-3s/C-47s were parked. I didn't know where I could get out and get pictures at this point.
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3139 times:
Quoting Garyck (Reply 4): I have been led to believe that OPF is great for photography. Lots of side roads and places to get good photos.
I hope thats still the same as I'm flying to Florida on Tuesday and planned on spending a morning and an afternoon there.
Well I hope you have a good time. There is some great stuff to get pictures of there - lots of old transports ex military/commercial - C-54, DC-7s, C-117s, C-47/DC-3, Beech 18s etc.
You should be able to get thru the fence shots on some where there is a single fence (I was paranoid that day because of the perimeter alarm I set off at FXE earlier so I wasn't going thru fences but I will next time I go). However some spots there are 2-3 fences in front of some planes.
Someone mentioned on another thread in the past to talk to the airport office near the entrance to the facility.
Also go to airnav.com and look up OPF and they have a couple numbers to their operations office, you could try giving them a call - I have heard of tours in the past... or at the most let them know your presence, what kind of vehicle you are in.
You might want to call the FBO also forgot the name of it but its on airnav (you never know they might even let you on their ramp) but at least let them know you are parking and shooting thru their fence - the reason I mention the FBO is, that it is next to where the 2 DC-7s, the C-54, C-118 and a few C-47s/DC-3s park as well as a French Magister (good for afternoon shots).
There is a big open area that used to be a lot it looks like next to where the Arrow DC-10s are and the Antonov 12/26s park. But some of the other streets don't really have any shoulders or pull off areas to shoot thru the fence and there are quite a few cars travelling back and forth.