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Places To Spot At LAX  
User currently offlineOklahomaSooner From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 49 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

What are some of the best places to spot at LAX? Also, when is the best time to catch international or heavy arrivals and what runways do they usually use? Thanks!


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User currently offlineAirVB From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3690 times:

A lot of people go up to Imperial Hill to spot, personally I go past the airport on Sepulveda to the In-n-Out and sit in the park and watch planes fly by 50 feet over my head. Doesn't get much better than that....

There's usually some sort of heavy at any given time and they use both runways...I know for sure that there are a decent amount around 12pm with some European arrivals/Asian departures and 3pm with the same thing, but I might be wrong.


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3661 times:
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I've heard that Imperial Hill is good if you have a good zoom lens. I used to take pictures from the Observation Deck, until 9-11 occurred. Does anyone know if the observation deck is opened again?

User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3619 times:

The photo below shows what AirVB is talking about.

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Photo © Brian Stevenson - SPOT THIS!


LAX is on your left. Follow the road curve around to the left, and view planes through their chain-link fence. In-n-Out Burgers is where the roads split (look for the red pickup truck). There is a small triangle of land there where spotters squat.  Smile



User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3615 times:

Are there any parking ramps or something where you can spot? I'm heading over to LAX next month for a daytrip, I would also like to find some nice areas to see some aircraft! I would go to the In-n-Out where I dreadfully want to go, but I have no car!!!

co


User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3604 times:

Depends where you'll be coming from. You can walk on Sepulveda, Lincoln, and Westchester (the three streets at that intersection) but not on the airport ingress/egress roads. So, wearing a comfortable pair of shoes, you can take a heart-healthy hike from any Century Boulevard hotel.



User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3575 times:

How far would it be to take this walk??? And how long each way??

co


User currently offlineOklahomaSooner From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

Thanks for the replies! I was down at LAX this evening, and after reading some feedback I decided to stop by the In-N-Out. All I can say is I think I've found my favorite place to spot at LAXBig grin


Continental,
I would guess the In-N-Out is about a mile from the terminal, easily walkable with comfortable shoes.



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User currently offlineFlyboeingjets From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Agreed, In-N-Out on Sepulveda is easily walkable (10-15 min) from the Central Terminal Area or any Century Blvd Hotel. In addition, the fence and sidewalk area on Northside Parkway is also walkable from In-N-Out. Someone else will have to fill you in as to where to get north complex shots now. For south side shots, use Imperial Hill. There have been many uploads from the north side of LAX since I have last been there, but I believe they are not from the perimeter fence and guardrailed area on Northside Parkway that I shot pics from.

User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

I've found the bar at the top of the Radisson is great. You can see both approaches. I walked from the Radisson to the Furama(Manchester & Lincoln, I believe) and it took about 20 minutes or so.TC


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User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3446 times:

In-and-Out burger on Sepulveda. I have to admit Ive found this the most friendly place to stop and watch whats going on in the US.


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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1984 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

Here's a great shot from the In N' Out spot.


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Photo © Paul Paulsen




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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 982 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

QANTAS747-438:

The photographer should sell that photo to IN-N-OUT! On the IN-N-OUT web site, they have photos of every restaurant, maps and directions to each.


For this location their slogan should be changed to:

♪♫♪♫ IN-N-OUT ♪♫♪♫
♫♪♫♪ IN-N-OUT ♫♪♫♪
♪♫♪♫ Spotting planes is what it's all about. ♪♫♪♫♪



LD4



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User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 729 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3368 times:

I go to LAX sometimes and in and out is the best to see arrivals and departures. I live 30 mins from LAX so I have a car thankfully. I always try to go to LAX to see MY 3 FAVORITE AIRLINES COME IN : Lufthansa, America West and Southwest come in. The treat is when I see the big 747 with the big beatiful crane on it, that would be Lufthansa. Well if any of you are comming to LAX have a great time and have a terrific flight.


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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3355 times:

Continental,

You're headed to LAX from MSP for just a day-trip?! What a waste in my opinion. I could spend days at LAX without getting bored. I think anyone who cant devote the better part of a day to LAX spotting, should stick to the smaller airports (unless you're able to get there often, of course).

pilottim747



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