Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8466 posts, RR: 26 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5588 times:
Which significantly large airport has the closest observation deck to a runway? Haven't been everywhere so I can't say with certainty but as far as Asia is concerned it would have to be NGO. Some evidence from the past week at Centrair:
back to Taipei, so..."bye-bye Kitty"
wings flexing mightily, NW 72 makes another heavy departure for Detroit
one of ANK's many sorties clears the runway
JA707J offers a pleasing study of her sleek shape after arriving from CDG
This 737-83A was operating the afternoon service to PEK
very early rotation for B-2317 on her way to PVG
the 1500 block is always busy on the domestic side
all this for a 767 going to Sapporo
the loudest member of the JAL fleet makes her way to runway 36
turboprop vs. turboprop
Gulfstream belonging to Toyota USA - must have been in town for meetings with the Japanese boss
JA8083 blasting off runway 36 for Okinawa
CX536 arrives from HKG and gracefully makes her turn for the terminal
Big Boeing vs. Baby Bus
the Baby Bus is off to Shenzhen
another 737-781 returns to base
followed by a 767-381 still wearing her domestic-only titles arriving from OKA
another gorgeous but frigid evening comes to a close on Ise Bay
and a few stragglers from a couple days later...
OZ 122 is off runway 36 featuring another special livery
JO 83 arrives from HNL on time for once!
semi wide angle showing 18/36's proximity
N782UA making her way to runway 36 showing the 777's great lines
off on her way back to SFO as UA 830
another lovely A345 touchdown as EK 314 arrives from DXB
this is heaven
so long from Centrair!
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
MidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 655 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5573 times:
I'm no screener, but I'd love to see some of those pictures in the database. As for the question at hand...I know of none. They've sort of been disappearing around the US, though I know Founder's Plaza at DFW WAS very close. However, it has closed and is in the process of moving.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5531 times:
Superb shots !
Reminds me that I really should pay a visit to Japan's airports in the coming years ...
Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter): Which significantly large airport has the closest observation deck to a runway?
DUS comes to my mind (if this makes it to the category of "major"), where there is a Observation Desk at the turning point to runway 23L. This one is part of the mainline railway station, and offers an enclosed area plus a balcony.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12502 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5291 times:
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Christchurch (CHC) runway is very close to the observation deck. At CHC you have a good clear view of the passenger side of the airport, apart from a small area of the terminal which blocks a part of the runway view