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Spotting At MSP  
User currently offlineAsmtrd From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

Where are the good spots to catch the action at MSP? Is it alright to watch from the parking garage? I enjoy watching the landings of aircraft coming in from the north west by standing in the elevator area at the front of the parking garages next to the terminal.

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12241 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
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Drive your car up to the top floor of the long term parking garages. You can drive (or walk) from side to side in the parking garage, covering both main runways, with awesome views of taxi, takeoff and landings. It costs like 3 bucks for the first hour and 2 per hour after that I believe. But for the unbeatable view, it is worth it.


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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1397 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

Many park at the lot on Post Road that gives you an almost unadulterated view (except for the fence line) of aircraft on 30L/12R. Many photos on this site have been captured from this location!

-Mike



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User currently offlineFlyhigh69 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

If they landing over the Minnesota river (30L) you can catch great action/approach shots from the parking lot at the SA Gas station on Postroad. (My favorite spot for approach shots). If they landing from the other side (12L/R) you find a very good approach spot by a little pond which is of Cedar Avenue.
Another great spot is the Cementry just behind Post road. You stand on a Hill and Runway 30L/12R runs right parallel in front of you. The sun is perfect from noon until sunset here.

Good luck, but be careful you will get tired of "red ass planes" very soon.....


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

I spot a ton at MSP! There are many spotting places that I enjoy. I even spot from my bedroom, I'm that close to MSP!

At the airport, I go to Post Road sometimes, it's free, and you can meet a lot of other spotters there. Not too good for photography, due to fence in the way! Another is the parking garage, top level, level 9! You have unbeatable views of 12L/30R, and 30L/12R. Another great spot is when the aircraft arrive 30L/R, go over to the 30L approach lights, and sit around there and they come in super low! I don't think the people at Fort Snelling or the Air Force organization by the place care if you stay there for a while. During the summer, you frequently see the entire grassy field loaded with people viewing the aircraft come in!

co


User currently offlineCOIAH99 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

There used to be a spot over by Fort Snelling golf course with a little parking lot? Not sure it it's still there or if it's even accessible anymore. If it is that was a good spot. Real close to the runway if they were landing 30L.


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User currently offlineDeltabobo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

The best place to spot planes is at Taft Park in Richfield. My father's former home is right on the glidepath of 12R/30L. From his backyard, I watched several NW planes, along with AA, DL, and TZ.




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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1397 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

MSP Update Spotting Locations page


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User currently offlineAviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

There are better spots that I have made sure dont get published on MSP Update. It's good to know the webmaster. Muhahaha.

__TJ__


User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

We all have our secrets, don't we.  Big grin

Almost all the good spots are on MSP Update, however.

pilottim747
www.mspupdate.com



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User currently offlineAviatorTJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

However, the best spots are in the head.  Wink/being sarcastic Now for some sun...

__TJ__


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