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User currently offlineolddominion727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 416 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6046 times:

I am getting into amateur photography and I found an awesome unincorporated spotting area for SFO near the Marriott Hotel. Then I got to wonder what other great spots around the world exist? Not to see 150 planes of the same airline, like WN in MDW, AA in DFW or AF in CDG... I want a spotters paradise where I can build my portfolio.

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User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

LAX is a great place to see a wide variety of airlines.


User currently offlinegabik001 From Poland, joined Jun 2005, 244 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5990 times:

MIA and JFK looks good to me. Personally I love HNL - I was there once and there is bunch of diferrent airlines from both sides of Pacific ocean. And obviously PAE with such diferrent colour schemes on Boeing machines.

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User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5928 times:

You can't beat LHR. Lots of variety.

User currently offlinepackman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

Quoting 747438 (Reply 3):
You can't beat LHR. Lots of variety.

I'll second that, yesterday there were 659 arrivals from 73 different airlines. Also included in the 659 were a few executive bizjets and airliners.

Better start saving your cents now!  

User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 763 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

AMS / EHAM. Great up close spots, great light, great people, good food, etc.

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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6685 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5834 times:

Quoting RonS (Reply 5):

I second that. What a wonderful airport to spot from!

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1586 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5590 times:

I think MAN is pretty good. Not only do they have a few official areas, but quite a bit of variety too. In fact the last time i went up there, 2x Hercules landed!

User currently offlineNewark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1488 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5557 times:

Of the airports I've spotted at (LAX, various southern California airports, JFK, LHR, SFO) I think LAX is the best balance between variety, weather, and accessibility. Many people agree, though, so it's a bit hard to stand out from the crowd.

User currently offlineGminkus From Lithuania, joined Jan 2012, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5553 times:

Try Princess Juliana airport

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 7328 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5294 times:

Quoting Gminkus (Reply 9):

One downside.......not terribly busy.

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
User currently offlineatct From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5247 times:

My home airport of ANC is pretty awesome when it comes to variety. Lots of cargo and classic airliners. Short hop around the airport to lake hood and you see lots of ga in the summer. Cops are nice and spotting access abounds. If you check out spotterswiki it lists the good spots but us locals have a few honey holes.


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User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4409 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

Quoting atct (Reply 11):
My home airport of ANC is pretty awesome when it comes to variety[/quote

[quote=atct,reply=11] Cops are nice

Clint, I'm definitely be visiting ANC on my next trip to the U.S. whenever that will be. Beware of ANCFlyer.

Quoting olddominion727 (Thread starter):
I want a spotters paradise where I can build my portfolio.

If you want international varieties and have some extra cash, check out my home airport(s) in Tokyo. NRT provides airliners from countries all over the world and have several great spots inside the terminal and around the perimeter and very easily accessible besides the 16R spot facing the Marroad Hotel in which you'll need a car. HND is also great for shooting and the new Intl terminal is nice. I'm sure many can vouch for this as well especially the Aussie spotters on here. Hello from another Virginian native.

User currently offlinedbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

No mention of KLAS or Vegas itself?? These shots were all taken in the last week. KLAS is wonderful in the winter time and we get great light. That along with cheap hotels and plenty of night life makes it "Top of the List" in my mind!!

Last year I think we were the Top 6 for U.S. traffic.

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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5072 times:

YVR has a nice mix of Asian heavies & local classics like Convair's, 727's & floatplanes, though the majority of movements are inevitable AC, QK & WS. The new fence all round the airport sucks but there is a new viewing platform which is great when 26L is in use.

LTN is my fave airport of all time, but you need to like bizjets. There is a great spot at a fire crash gate to the east of the runway and it is bizjet heaven, I have logged registrations from half of the globe there.

A bit closer to home for you, BFI & PAE are also always going to guarantee you something new and exciting.

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