Omshanti From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4148 times:
While holding for takeoff in Ohare Airport and sitting on left side of the plane to watch the approaching aircraft down to the runway, it was truly a amazing sight. It was a total different impression to watch two 747s and one 777 approach the closest to me than ever before. I have been to Castle Island in BOS and thought it was close, but this was simply INCREDIBLE!!!!
How close have you gotten to the actual runway and what did you think?
NWAA330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 215 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4041 times:
Spent countless hours standing here spotting with my father when I was younger. Fond memories of being completely blown over by the jetblasts of an MD-11 and countless 744's. Far more people now, back then it would be us and maybe a couple of bike riders now and then. Great spot though.
FRASYD From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3817 times:
Very hard to get that close to the RWY's when you are not an Airport ID-holder.
I'm lucky enough to have one and thus spent some time in Frankfurt and in Sydney really close to the Runway. In SYD it was only 4-5 Meters when a QF744 came down because some work took place right besides the touch down zone. We had to inspect that work and thus it was possible to come that close during operations.
The feeling is just awesome. Pure power and majesty, I would say..
PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2884 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3424 times:
Gilze-Rijen AFB was spotter's heaven. Arguably the most spotters friendly place on earth. Unfortunately it's no longer a fast jet base, but still is home to two squadrons of AH-64N Apache attack copters.
Believe it or not, these photo's below were all made from public ground without the use of ladder or anything. They are all perfectly legal, with no worries of police harrasing the photogs . . . .
Levg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1004 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3333 times:
In JFK, there's a perfect spot right by the Customs building. There's a free parking lot and you are literally standing next to rwy 31R threshold. From where you're standing you can clearly distinguish which of the tires touches the land first, provided there's the right wind. A lot of regulars are out there watching "heavy" after "heavy" land. I only got harassed by authorities once there. It was during the night and they did no more than signal me to leave. Perfect spot.
A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3198 times:
The old 100th Bomb Group Restaurant on the previous alignment of Brookpark Road had a 5 ft. high mound just inside the entrance gate. This was approximately 50 yards (48 m) from the angle of Taxiway Zulu, or 75 yds (70 m) from the threshold of Runway 24R (now 24C, soon to be decommissioned to taxiway status.)
This was obviously close enough to feel the heat of most jet engines, and to get considerable blast from anything the size of or larger than a 727. The United DC-10 that was coming in when I first started spotting at that location nearly blew me off the mound a few times.
This was off the airport property, but only about 15 yds from the perimeter fence.
KBOS From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2815 times:
I bribe my brother with a six pack or two to take his boat out. You can sit right off the end of the runways at Logan. Not as close as you could before 9/11, but it is still pretty darn close. Once I get a nice camera I'll get some good shots......
I don't care if the sun don't shine, I do my drinkin in the evening time when I'm in Rhode Island
Omshanti From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
I have a small 16' feet boat and I went to do exactly that with my girlfriend but it was a scary episode. I dont know if it was just size of my boat or what, but I had to watch out for the big waves that the other big ships were creating in that area. I didnt get that close, and the whole time we had to cut in and out of waves. Probablly would be better with a bigger boat I guess.
Geizistgeil From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2736 times:
I can share Indio66´s experience of Denpasar (Bali):
We were at the North-West side of the Airport, Taxiway there is even SO close to the fence of the beach, the wing of taxiing 747 or 777 is right above you. Our hotel was nearby and it took some 20min to get there. But despite of that distance, noise from the airport was really no problem. I highly recommend this beach
"If the Wright brothers were alive today. Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs" (H. Kelleher)
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7598 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
Many years ago at PHL, before the construction of Runway 8-26 there was a spot at the end of Island Ave. located beyond its present terminus with Enterprise Ave. and past the long-since-demolished Strawbridge's warehouse.
There was a good size area at the bend in the road for parking and one was fairly close to see planes land at 27R (and take-off at 9L). Occasionally, one World Airways DC-10 (I'm going back a few years) would take off from 27R; watch out for the jet blast. One had to literally cover their ears when an MD-80 or a non hush-kitted DC9 came in for a landing.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981