The school's the big square building above the wing. My classroom for two years was facing the flight path, so needless to say, we were watching a heavy passing by every minute and half when runway 13 was used (and extremely noisy takeoffs from those Dragonair 737-200s!
AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
I got into it when I was 18 months old. My family was visiting Dominica and while my sisters and my mom where off by the pool my dad would take me out to the airport to watch the Nature Island Express Dash-6s come in and the LIAT Dash-8s. My dad says that we sat right night to the runway on grass and I loved it.
My first spotting adventure that I can remember was when I was 2 and I was at Ikea in Elizabeth with my cousins from Puerto Rico and we went up to the cafeteria and sat outside and watched the planes arrive. I can remember seeing a Air France B747-128 arriving from Paris.
Growing up in Bakersfield, my grandmother's visits always required a trip to LAX, as she took only direct flights from TUL. While waiting, I would see the most incredible variety of airplanes and airlines from all four corners of the earth.
On one trip, I remember seeing a Pan Am 747 in person. Keep in mind, this would have been 1973 or 1974, when Pan Am's 747's were off to all four corners of the globe. The name Pan Am was absolutely legendary for top of the line service, and I could only imagine where these planes were off to - was it Europe? Asia? South Pacific? Who knew?
Then I saw it taking off...I simply could not make my eyes believe what I was seeing - this MASSIVE jetliner didn't seem to be moving terribly quickly...yet somehow, it became airborne. Unreal.
After that I was hooked. Further trips to L.A. to visit my great aunt in Downey proved to be amazing - she lived between the landing path of the two sets of parallel runways, and I used to entertain myself for HOURS watching these planes go by...
Since then, I can't get enough.
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LHB727230Adv From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 255 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1280 times:
Flying has always fascinated me, my parents always took me to our local airfield to the annual flight display. Adding to that, I flew a lot and that's how my love for aviation started, I've been a spotter all my life (well, as long as I can remember).
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 961 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1272 times:
I got into aviation at an extremely young age, about three years old. I actually remember my first flight on a Pan Am 707 at that age. Needless to say, I was hooked for life.
As far as spotting goes. I had an uncle (who is now with God, bless his soul) who lived in Howard Beach, directly under the flight path of JFK Runway 13R. Everytime we payed him a visit, he would let me borrow his binoculars and I would sit on his back porch and spot every last bird on finals as they blasted directly over the house. My Uncle used to brag about Concorde flying over every day, but sadly, I never got to see it with my own two eyes until long after he passed. I saw the plane at the Smithsonian at IAD and would have loved to have told him of it. But yeah, I got into spotting at a very early age and I STILL love doing it. Everytime I spend a few days in any city, I make a point to go to the nearest major airport just to see some airplanes. My mother still gets a kick out of me going to the airport just because I want to.
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 961 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1267 times:
Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3): Then I saw it taking off...I simply could not make my eyes believe what I was seeing - this MASSIVE jetliner didn't seem to be moving terribly quickly...yet somehow, it became airborne. Unreal.
Absoulutely beautiful wasn't it? That is why I love the 747!
United905 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1265 times:
Belive it or not it was the brake up with my partner at the time witch got in to avation.We would some times go to the viewing deck at bhx so when we split i would go there and rember her corney a know but true.
Quoting LHB727230Adv (Reply 5): I flew a lot and that's how my love for aviation started, I've been a spotter all my life (well, as long as I can remember).
Pretty much my story as well... I flew LAX-JFK in 1994 to visit my dad for the first time after the divorce, I was 6 years old... From then on, I loved airplanes of all kinds (but mostly airliners), and have become more and more knowledgeable over the years, though I still have much to learn... Joining this site has helped a lot, of course...
This summer was finally the last of my yearly ritual of flying between SoCal and NYC (from/to a variety of different airports in both regions) and this spring for the first time, I'm going to Europe with my dad! London, Paris, Amsterdam, and hopefully, they'll be my first flights on 747s/777s/A340s...
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1226 times:
I have kept an eye on the skies for a long time, and my first flight was on my 10th birthday in a Cessna 172. We flew over my house, and flew out over my aunt and uncle's place. We called them on a phone, and they came out in their yard and waved at us. My first commercial and international flight was a few months after that. However, I basically only knew that FedEx, AA, and WN flew over my house. When I discovered Flytecomm, I started going crazy with spotting! I would know when FedEx was going to come by, and what that plane was that I saw fly by on my jog or whenever. After that, I could basically tell you what airline and type was flying over when I saw it. Then, came learning what wind has to do with ATC patterns. I then hoped for days with south winds, and dreaded days with north ones! This spring, I purchased a subscription to Fboweb's Advanced Flight Tracking. WOW! That thing is awesome! I have also compiled a collage of pictures documenting my commercial sightings of AUS. So basically stating the facts, I really started getting crazy about aviation over the last year and a half. Now, I can occasionally get a 100% on the photo quiz. I have spent way too much time on this site! I am learning so much, and I have been corresponding with a friend of the family who is the F/O of a DL 777. I am now saving up some money for my pilot's license, which I hope to get within the next few years. Wish me luck!
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6471 posts, RR: 27 Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1221 times:
I live underneath 2 approach paths:
One is for HAJ with a/c flying at less than 3000 ft.
The other one is for a military airfield (ETNW - GAF Wunstorf) now with mainly transport C-160´s "Transall" stationed:
The end of one of ETWN´s 2 runways is less than 1 mile from my home. A/c on approach are directly overhead my swimming pool, so its a lazy thing to take a swim and watch approaching a/c
Apart from the C-160, ETNW also had Donier Do-28D´s "Skyservant" in the past as training-a/c (those had a really nasty sound !)
Plus ETNW saw (and still sees, but on a rarer occasion now) almost everything in GAF, RAF and USAF´s inventory (fixed wings). In the last months we´ve see a NATO E-3A "Sentry" performing touch-and-go´s
Pretty busy was a period in the early 1980´s (IIRC) when RAF Gütersloh was closed for an extended period inorder to overhaul its runway: The RAF directed all its flights with VC-10´s into GAF Wunstorf; add to that some attack-a/c like the Harrier and you get an impression here ... ?!
In the past HAJ also played as a host to a big aviation fair ("ILA", now at SXF). Quite some action went on in the 1970´s and early 1980´s, with some of the display-a/c flying out of GAF Wunstorf. One year the Patrouille de France was practicing at Wunstorf prior to the appearance at HAJ.
Furthermore, my first real holiday was flying to the island of Majorca (Mallorca) in a Spantax (BX) Convair 990 at the age of almost 6 back in 1973 (today my logs show 439 sectors flown with 58 carriers using 67 different a/c and 123 different airports).