Bigblack From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 600 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2340 times:
Anyone know any gems? Of course it would depend which runway they are using. But if anyone knows any good locales please post them. Somewhere the Mass. State Police or FBI won't come and toss me in a room under ground fo 8 hours if I snap picture.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2290 times:
Basically, stay off the airport grounds. Massport has been cracking down on spotters on airport property (at first it was only the Terminal B garage, but now they've expanded it to the Central Garage, and I've been kicked out of the Terminal C Cafeteria by a statie.
Now when I go, I normally go to Constitution Beach in East Boston, as it was convinient for me from where I lived. South Shore wise, Castle Island in Southie is good. If you're adventerous, Winthrop has a playground that I've heard is good.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
If you have some sort of Massport badge (even a temporary, escort-only badge) you probably can use the Terminal B parking garage. Just make sure you have it and that it's visible. If anyone questions you just flash the badge and they'll probably leave you alone.
If they do ask you to leave try Constitution Beach in East Boston. It's easily accessible via the T. Take the Blue Line to Orient Heights station. When you get out walk up to the main road that crosses the tracks. Cross that street. You'll see a small triangle and a liquor store on your left. Walk down that street (Barnes St). The entrance to the beach is a block down. That's good for shots when 22R and L are in use for take offs. For snapping landing shots instead of continuing down Barnes St turn left onto Baywater and continue until you are at a desired angle for approaching aircraft. Generally when this runway config is in use 27 is the principle arrival runway with 22L being used as a secondary runway and 22R as the principle departure runway. There is a park further down into Winthrop that is good for getting arriving traffic onto 27 but I only know how to get there by instinct and not by traffic signs (which are HORRIBLE in Massachusetts anyway).
Fort Independence, locally known as Castle Island is another excellent off-airport sight. It's right across the entrance to the Inner Harbour in South Boston and has very good views of approaching aircraft onto 4R and L. It's a bit further away when take-offs are on 22R and L but it's still incredible to sit up on the hill and watch a Heavy start rolling down the runway, then lift off and slowly climb out over you. Although with most of the older 747-100/200s, 727s, DC-9s, L-1011s, and DC-10s gone, the slow climbs and deep rumbling in your chest are all but a thing of the past. While the A330s, 747-400s, and 777s are still very cool, a bit of the effect is missing.
One place that is long gone but definitely one of my favourites was the old Satellite Parking Lot. It was situated just to the right of the threshold for runway 15R. While take-offs aren't extremely common and landings very rare, there were a few times I was able to enjoy it.
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