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User currently offlineYZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

I'm planning a trip to SEA. Anyone know of some prime-time places for spotting?


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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31003 posts, RR: 86
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3112 times:
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I like the industrial park just North of the runway. Great views for arrivals and decent views for departures.

User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9643 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

I've never done any spotting at SEA. The airport is in a horrible position to get pictures since it is elevated over much of the surrounding area and also the weather precludes good photography quite often. If you want to have some fun, you can go to BFI, as they have some really interesting liveries with new 737s.


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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5910 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3096 times:
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There's a little "park" directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center on the north side of the airport. It's right next to the employee parking lot.

As a caution, though, the airport police has a tendency to patrol that area now. But I see on a.net that people are still taking pictures there. It's a great place to take landing pictures if the winds are out of the south.


User currently offlineYZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Cool, I'll have a look for the park. Thanks for the info!


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User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3076 times:

When are you coming?


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User currently offlineDC10Widebody From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

This is a little odd, but worth the trip. The top of the Columbia tower, the tallest building in Seattle actually has pretty good spotting especially when planes are on approach to 16L/16R. It costs 5.00 but it's totally worth it to be that "close" to the planes and for the awesome views, you can even see Sea-Tac on a clear day.


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User currently offlineYZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Quoting We're Nuts (Reply 5):
When are you coming?

I should be there in the latter half of June. Going to check out the Boeing plant aswell.

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 6):
The top of the Columbia tower

That sounds like an awesome idea. I remember being on top of the space needle the last time I was in town and getting a pretty good view of some planes coming in through the scopes they have up there. The BA 744 extending its gear on final was a treat.



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User currently offlineDC10Widebody From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

Yea man, enjoy the spotting! After that go downstairs to the food court and get any cookie from Specialty's, they will make you weak in the knees.


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User currently offlineYZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 8):
After that go downstairs to the food court and get any cookie from Specialty's, they will make you weak in the knees

Thanks. Are they really that good? What else is good to see in SEA?



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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5582 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2982 times:

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 6):
This is a little odd, but worth the trip. The top of the Columbia tower, the tallest building in Seattle actually has pretty good spotting especially when planes are on approach to 16L/16R. It costs 5.00 but it's totally worth it to be that "close" to the planes and for the awesome views, you can even see Sea-Tac on a clear day.

Good tip!

As an aside, I'm usually found "trackside" and not generally out shooting planes, but I've found that summer evenings at (okay, what is it...) Dash Point State Park, on Puget Sound near Des Moines, offers some good views of flights landing at SeaTac from the South. Nice lighting at that time of day looking to the east. Probably other locations in that area - i just haven't really explored around over there.

-Dave



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User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

Sea-Tac spotter guide:
http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/USA/SEA/SpotterGuide_SEA.pdf

Boeing Field spotter guide:
http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/USA/BFI/SpotterGuide_BFI.pdf



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
There's a little "park" directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center on the north side of the airport. It's right next to the employee parking lot.

As a caution, though, the airport police has a tendency to patrol that area now.

 checkmark  yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.



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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5910 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
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Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 12):
yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.

That's true. But people hang out there anyway. Some even have picnics out there when it's somewhat warm.


User currently offlineDC10Widebody From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2807 times:

Depends on what your into, Seattle has a lot to offer. Yes Specialty's is that good, they make everything from scratch and use Organic ingredients, if you can get anything warm go for it. Anyway to not go too far off topic another spotting area on a nice day is Saltwater State park, they have some good views if planes are landing on 34R/34L from the beach. Check out the Museum of Flight as well we have a Concorde! Not sure how old you are but the bars in Pioneer Square are pretty cool, there are some that are 18 and up.


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

I like the central terminal where you can sit down, have a cappucino, etc. and stare out of the GIANT glass window and watch the planes takeoff and land. Very nice. I am hoping to move out to that area in the next few months  Smile


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User currently offlinePlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5582 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Quoting PlanesNTrains (Reply 10):
As an aside, I'm usually found "trackside" and not generally out shooting planes, but I've found that summer evenings at (okay, what is it...) Dash Point State Park, on Puget Sound near Des Moines,

Oops. DC10 got it right (below) - it's Saltwater [Beach] State Park.

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 14):
Anyway to not go too far off topic another spotting area on a nice day is Saltwater State park,

-Dave



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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2526 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 12):
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
There's a little "park" directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center on the north side of the airport. It's right next to the employee parking lot.

As a caution, though, the airport police has a tendency to patrol that area now.

yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.

I've never been hassled there - have spent many afternoons there with my camera and not once did anyone say a word to me. We even had the Seattle a.net meet there last summer - had about a dozen of us, big picnic, the whole works. Only time we got a visit from the police was to ask that a few of us move our cars that were parked illegally.


User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

Quoting YZFOO7F (Reply 9):
Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 8):
After that go downstairs to the food court and get any cookie from Specialty's, they will make you weak in the knees

Thanks. Are they really that good?

Very definitely...they're not from Seattle, though...from SF.

I go to school just up the hill from downtown, at Seattle University, and standing in the open area in front of Piggott Hall offers some great views when 16L/R are being used. On my way up to class, I have seen the SAS A343 making its final turn to KSEA, and the FedEx DC-10 on many occaisions around 5pm.


User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

Quoting ER757 (Reply 17):
yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.

I've never been hassled there - have spent many afternoons there with my camera and not once did anyone say a word to me. We even had the Seattle a.net meet there last summer - had about a dozen of us, big picnic, the whole works. Only time we got a visit from the police was to ask that a few of us move our cars that were parked illegally.

I have been "ID-ed" there just once, but I think that was because there was some trash (not mine) dumped behind my car. I have also seen a Port cop hassle a motorbike rider for no apparent reason - he was just watching the planes. Like most places it's a question of which  butthead hole is on duty that day.

Recently they have put up signs ("do not leave vehicles unattended") which seems to suggest they have grudgingly accepted this location as a (poor) replacement for Viewpoint Park  crying 


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

When I was there in September 2004, you could get a discounted ticket book that had admissions to a number of Seattle attractions, including the Museum of Flight (by BFI), the Space Needle, the Aquarium and other attractions all for less than the total of individual tickets.
The road that parrelles SEA to the East may offer some views too, especially on take offs, there a number of motels/hotels too so you can spot from their parking lots or even your room without any police hassle.


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