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User currently offlineNYCA330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 124 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10454 times:

I notice that Rikers Island is perfectly located at the end of both runways 31 and 4 at Laguardia.


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While it may not be the greatest place for spotting heavies, you would think that at least some cells have a pretty good view of the action. Are there any other prisons that have good proximity to airports? Is Rikers the best place for an aviation enthusiast to be encarcerated?

Chuck

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10412 times:

The Changi prison in Singapore offers nice views as well: Big grin


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My seat neighbor on a SIN-FRA flight once showed me that the prison is located directly next to the airport.

Patrick


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13562 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10379 times:
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What's next, "Best Hospital For Spotting," or "Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?


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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10365 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting

There is a good one at BRU, fellow A.net member Sabena 690 and myself spent a while there to watch the approaching traffic a few years ago. 

Patrick

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The following picture was taken there:


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[Edited 2005-07-25 20:48:24]

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10345 times:

"Best Cemetery For Spotting"

There's one right next to EWR (bottom right corner, the white field) Big grin


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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6764 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10343 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3):
There is a good one at BRU, fellow A.net member Sabena 690 and myself spent a while there to watch the approaching traffic a few years ago

Oh.. how was the afterlife.. is it as wonderful as I hear.. what did you see at the end of the tunnel.. was Elvis there? Is TuPac really dead? details.. details..

 angel 



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3622 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10297 times:

My local airport, TRI, has a cemetary on the airport property.

User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9630 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10265 times:
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the federal prison at VCV might offer some views, but I have never done a federal stretch so I cant say for certain Big grin

User currently offlineNYCA330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10251 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
The Changi prison in Singapore offers nice views as well:

I think the Singapore prison wins hands down! It even shares the name of the airport. Tons of heavies, and it looks like a great vantage point. Counting down the days until your flogging/caning wouldn't be so bad if you get to watch 744s all day (not to mention being the first to see the A380).

Has anyone here been locked up in any of these places? Do the guards allow binoculars?


User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10207 times:

There is also a prison at the end of thr runway in OMA

User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10122 times:

"La Joyita" prison is just on the departure en of runway 3R at Tocumen in Panama City so you get to see all of the copa 737 airplanes taking off, plus a few heavies every once in a while.

Just one "tiny" problem, "La Joyita" is probably one of the worst places in Panama, thats the place where you lock the worst offenders and throw away the key. And lets just say living standarts are up to par with latin american prisons.


User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10108 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting

Northwest corner of SEA.
My Grandpa purposely pick his spot there for just that reason.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7519 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10018 times:

If one looks to the west from the Deer Island Correctional Facility in Winthrop, MA; they'll get a good view of BOS.


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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10004 times:

There's a prison in very close proximity to AMA as well.

User currently offline777guy From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9995 times:

Quote:
Best Cemetery For Spotting

There is one with nice view of ATL located in College Park Ga. I use to joke with my family about burying me there. As if I would really know it.  Wow!


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9951 times:

Actually isn't there one very large cemetery right under the finals at LGA's 4?

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13097 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9895 times:

The airport that serves the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands (actually on Beef Island and connected by a bridge) also has the main prision for the BVI. Problem is that all you get to see are biz jets, AA's ATR-42's and other turboprop commercial a/c's and General aircraft.

User currently offlineGerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 31
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9856 times:

Well, ZRH - that building behind the right wing - would be nice ....

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or here, seen under the left wing

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User currently offlineLoyal2UA From United States of America, joined May 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9754 times:

this has got to be the most random thread...

i love it!


User currently offlineVfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9696 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
"Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?

Changi would qualify for both "best prison" and "best cemetery". As far as I understand, they hang people at Changi (and quite a few they do...) and bury them in a remote corner of Changi prison afterwards.

Quoting Loyal2UA (Reply 18):
this has got to be the most random thread..

Indeed.


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9675 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
"Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?

There's one on approach to PIT as well, on 32 I believe but don't hold me to it... I don't pay too much attention to the cemetaries under me.


User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 9638 times:

Quoting Loyal2UA (Reply 18):
this has got to be the most random thread...

........and a good one too! No bitching! Styal prison is very close to MAN, unfortunately (for me) its a female prison so If I commit a serious crime I better get booked in for the operation............


User currently offlineLoyal2UA From United States of America, joined May 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 9595 times:

Steve, wasn't complaining. I was laughing hysterically in my office.... like i said before.

This has got to be the most random thread...

I love it.


User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 9577 times:

Loyal2UA,

I knew you weren't complaining, I've been laughing too!


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 9517 times:

The immigration detention centre at LGW aint too bad, there's a nice grassy spot in front but the fence blocks the view. Up in the centre u look straight onto the runway!

Sam

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25 Aloha73G : There a prison across the tarmac from HNL inter-island terminal. It is reight next to AQ and HA's maintenance facilities as well, and would have excel
26 BR715-A1-30 : Uh.. Ok, While some of you may be planning on going to prison and knowing which ones to ask the judge for, I would hate to be at a funeral service hon
27 LN-MOW : There's not only a cemetary at Sea-Tac, but also a federal prison just south of the runway. The cells on the western side of the building must have ex
28 NYCA330 : I started this thread partly to make people laugh, but it is also part serious. How bad could jail be if all you do is watch large planes land all da
29 Post contains images LTBEWR : At least airports or prisons near airports means a lot fewer problems about NIMBY's There is also a New Jersey State Prison just short distance north
30 Post contains links and images Qantas744 : You can't do much better than Ashford Hospital in Middlesex, roughly half a mile south of 27L at LHR! And here is the view from the Feltham Young Offe
31 Cubsrule : The small cemetary under the approach to 4R at ORD probably deserves a mention... until Mayor Daley has it moved so he can build 10R-28L.
32 Post contains images WGW2707 : There is a massive cemetary across the railroad tracks from the BUR. I would guess that you can see the aircraft flying overhead from it. The solution
33 USAFHummer : I can think of two GA airports that have prisons nearby...Boulder Municipal Airport in Colorado has the Boulder County Jail right across the street, a
34 Post contains images ElpinDAB : On the other hand, I would love to have the constant roar of jets over my own funeral service! Take me to the departure end of the runways @ ATL, ORD
35 Post contains images PROSA : Considering the attitude many authorities have toward spotters, the proximity of airports to prisons may be more than a merely theoretical discussion
36 Jepstein : It's closed now I believe. But if you go to Deer Island you can see planes landing/taking of on 9/27 or on 15/33 R/L. I've been there a couple of tim
37 C172 : Franklin Field, 20 miles south of Sacramento has a prison on-site. The something-something correctional institution. While heavies are a rarity at Fra
38 Post contains images Bushpilot : As an inmate? As for best hospital, I spend a few weeks in Alaska Regional Hospital and it overlooks Merril Field one of the busiest small plane airp
39 Post contains links and images Cbphoto : Ohh...MSP has a great cemetery to spot airplanes overlooking 30L/12R. I would recommend anyone who goes to MSP to check it out! View Large View Medium
40 Post contains images Iowaman : Best Prison for Spotting? Is Scotty getting transfered to a prision of his choice?
41 Wunala : Waverley Cemetery in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is right on the coast, and perfect to watch the approach. There is a small reserve beside it,
42 N317AS : What about Alcatraz and SFO. I don't know the relation between the two. Are they not close to each other? Yes I know Alcatraz is a tourist trap now. B
43 MIAMIx707 : How about a panoramic view of good ol' Miami International Airport? ..from the prison in the intersection of NW 36st and 72nd avenue, which should off
44 Aa757first : Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, Upper Darby outside of PHL. AAndrew
45 Bushpilot : I was in SFO 2 weeks ago and was on Alcatraz. SFO is a full 15miles away Its not really close, you can see aircraft in the distance, but nothing real
46 Oly720man : Styal women's prison is a couple of miles south of MAN. Can't comment on any views though.
47 LOT767-300ER : That cemetary is not under 4R/22L but more like 9R/27L, I was just there about a week ago.
48 Drinkstrolley : Dublin pretty good on rwy 26 (or is it 27?) - the westerly one!!!
49 Post contains images Revelation : I was waiting for someone to come up with this angle. Also given the number of threads about "spotting is now illegal", wouldn't it be ironic if the
50 Post contains images CBPhoto : LOL.... I guess the choice is up to you, Personally "short term stay" for the time being, but in the future, possibly a "long term stay". Good One!!
51 Columbia107 : Well Gibraltar's cemetry is adjacent to its runway. In by gone days there was a one foot wire fence and thus one had a clear view of aircraft landing
52 Avalon : No prisons near Melbourne (Tullamarine) - although there is a small country cemetary where my relatives lie which has a bit of a view of incoming flig
53 Post contains images Ti717 : Would the US Marshalls Center at OKC count? It does have Prison cells for overnight stays and 2 pbb(jetways) so would that make it an airport termaina
54 PHLBOS : Actually Fitz-Mercy, as some would call it, is located in Darby Borough; near the Lansdowne border. Thanks for the update. When did it close?
55 Tod : Any east facing room at Highline Community Hospital in Burien should have a great view of just about all of SEA. It was 707's and DC8's roaring overh
56 Post contains images Garnetpalmetto : That would be Federal Detention Center (FDC) Honolulu It's mainly used for housing people charged with Federal offenses prior to trial. So, go out an
57 Kerberos : I just returned from HNL after visiting my father who was recently released from prison. While waiting for his Con Air flight to the mainland, he spe
58 CHRISBA777ER : Do they still do that? I though Singapore was modern and Westernised?
59 Post contains images 76731K : There is a cemetry next to the runway at LBA giving good views of aircraft using runway 14.
60 NYCA330 : Are you kidding? Singapore is famous for its backwards penal system. Remember that American kid who got caned for spray-painting those cars? I think
61 Post contains images KC135TopBoom : It seems this has turned into a "C" vs. "P" thread.
62 Post contains images Nosedive : More proof that you never learned how to read
63 Post contains images AJO : Did I mention the fact that it's unfair that P receives government subsidies, and C doesn't?
64 Texan : Yup, it is basically right next door. And AMA has some interesting visitors every once in a while (UA 744s other heavies for painting). Texan
65 Post contains links and images LGA777 : Here is another view of the first prison in the thread, Rikers Island in NYC next to LGA. View Large View MediumPhoto © Ron Peel While I am sure
66 Aa757first : My mistake. I always called it Fitz. AAndrew
67 Post contains images Tod : That's because there are still more C residents than P residents and the govenment recognizes the inequity.
68 NYCA330 : The runway 4 approach does go over a cemetary. Runway 4 departure goes over Rikers. We are all correct!
69 TomTurner : I thought the punk was guilty of some other similar type offense. My understanding is they do not tolerate petty crimes of that nature. I'm sure its
70 FlyMeToTheMoon : Now, would the guys on the "inside" have time or even windows to spot? Shold we join them for a unique view of our beloved airplanes? This is one hila
71 VC10BOAC : Yes. If you look at the large version of the picture in reply 65, the cemetary is the large triangular green area in the top right hand corner. By th
72 Post contains images KC135TopBoom : Yes, that did happen, a UA DC-7 I beleive. Many of the Inmates who rescued the crew and passengers were given pardons or reduced sentinces from the G
73 LGA777 : The larger cemetery VC10BOAC mentions is actually two or three and they are near the intersections of the Long Island Expressway and the B.Q.E. and ar
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