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LHR Good Spots For Watching Close Up?  
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

I'm taking my girlfriend plane spotting for the first time - she took me train spotting last weekend and wants to go to LHR to spot planes this weekend - where is the best place to spot them? I'm not snapping them - just want to watch.

I think up close rather than long way away - closer is better - are there any spots where you can watch them touch down - how close are they at the photo point in Myrtle Avenue? And where is that?

Any help would be appreciated.


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
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User currently offlineLazyshaun From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

Yes, Myrtle Ave would be your best bet. That is about the closest you can get to actually see them touchdown. When are you going, because they need to be on 27L for you to see them at Myrtle Ave. (they are currently on 27R, but change to 27L @ 3pm)
Hope this helps.

-lazyshaun-



I came. I saw. I conquered
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

You can stand by the roundabout by the hangers too to see them close up when they are landing on 27R.

Myrtle Ave is over the A30 from Hatton X, then walk along past the BP garage and there is a field on the left (not the fenced off one with the lights in it) - the nice mown grass one a bit further down.

You can also park at the Visitors Centre then walk over the road to watch them on 27R too.

Hope she enjoys it.

 Smile



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User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 2):
the nice mown grass one a bit further down.

And the occasional dollop of dog poo!  rotfl 

Chris


User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Well, I much prefer the view from the VS clubhouse, myself.

User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 476 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

How the hell can we discuss LHR vantage points without mentioning our good old favourite the Green Man???

If the weather's sound and they're landing 27L,there's nowhere better to enjoy an hour or two with metal thundering over your head every few minutes.

Add to that good beer and food and I'm sure the other half will suddenly aquire a penchance for spotting.  Smile

Oh,it's got it's own website too.

http://www.thegreenmanbedfont.co.uk/1151/index.html


User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2460 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

Quoting Steve7E7 (Reply 5):
Add to that good beer and food

I got food poisoning from that 'good food' hehe

Glenn



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User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

I just pull up into a little lay by on the A30. It's a disused car park entrance, it's double yellow but no-one cares, you'll be staying in the car anyway.

http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.c...5000&multimap.x=327&multimap.y=102

http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.c...p=&table=&ovtype=&zm=1&scale=25000

You have to be driving on the side of the road that goes away from Hatton Cross station. It's immediately after the station itself.


User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 476 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 6):
I got food poisoning from that 'good food' hehe

I know mate....I didn't want to mention it and remind you!!

I'm sure the cumberland sausage will be OK next time tho  vomit 


User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Quoting EZYAirbus (Reply 6):
I got food poisoning from that 'good food' hehe

They saw you coming mate!!  rotfl 

Chris


User currently offlineLazyshaun From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Also, when their taking off 9R, there is a dis-used petrol garage with bollards around it, which come in very handy for standing on and watching the take off queue. Also you get a good view of T5 and some of the a/c at T3.
The police might ask you to move (only if you've got a vehicle with you), but just drive round and come back.
p.s I've only ever seen them do that when their was about 3 or 4 vehicles there. Also depends on what kind of police they are. Some are moany old b*stards with nothing else to do, but most are ok  Wink

-lazyshaun-



I came. I saw. I conquered
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