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Plane Spotting At LAX, Need Advise  
User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Im heading to LA in a few days, and I want to get some pictures. I'm flying southwest. Where at that airport are there good locations to take pictures and spot planes? Thanks and detailed directions would be greatly appreciated!!!

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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Go to the hill on Imperial Ave. It's south of the airport off Imperial Hwy. Best thing to do is head west on the highway, turn left on Main St., then immediate left onto Imperial Ave. Go up the hill where you'll see benches facing the airport. This view covers the whole southern part of the airfield. Bring field glasses & a scanner. It's one of my favorite spots. Regards.

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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

Flagship is correct that is a great spot, you can also see traffic on the north side from their as well. I go their very frequently when in LA.

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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

If you can't get away from the airport, go to the Theme Building in the middle. The end of Terminal 1 (the Southwest terminal) is also a good place to spot at the end of the North Runways.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

The FedEx parking lot is also good, however I am not sure the road it is on, but it is under the 105 on the south side of the airport!

User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

You can also try the north side, which is right off Lincoln Blvd. Traveling north on Lincoln, you'd take the first exit (I believe Westchester Way), and go left at the light. You can see the runway on the left hand side very well. The planes are very much in view, especially when landing. The only downfall is the fense. Take a foot ladder, and you will get great shots of jumbos coming in. Lots of people go there to take shots.

User currently offlinePlanegeek From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

There is a hill right on the northwest side of the airport which is a great vantage point to watch the many heavies launch. From the imperial spot on the south side continue west down Imperial take your first right at light then quick left (going west toward ocean) to the first light turn right. Follow this road down about 3/4 of a mile (you will be driving along the western side of LAX )and there will be a road that takes you to the bluff above the airport and ocean turn left can't miss if you go into Playa Del Rey you missed it. Have fun

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