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Havana, Cuba (HAV) Spotting + Taag Angola?  
User currently offlineLAXspotr From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 81 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5118 times:

Hi everyone,

I’m planning to go to Havana next month with a friend on a trip during which I’d love to do a little spotting at Jose Marti Int’l (HAV) if I can! I would be especially excited to get any Russian aircraft flying around.

In regards to the airport and its operations, I have a couple questions I’m hoping anyone might be able to answer:


1. Where I can take photos of aircraft on approach or departing?

I hear there is a "bridge" spot giving a view of the tarmac, but, I prefer photographing planes in the sky! Perhaps is there somewhere else I can walk or tell a taxi driver to take me?

2. Does Cubana still operate IL-62s, along with the other Russian planes in their fleet?

2. Tonight I noticed on Flightaware that TAAG Angola was flying out of Havana with a B747-300 via Sal Island. Could this infact be true, or, is it simply an error? I’d love to catch that colorful jumbo!!

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DTA7701

I tried consulting TAAG’s website to look for more info about this flight… I don’t know what’s worse, the site design or my Portuguese, but, I was unable to find anything, sadly!


Thanks in advance for any info you might have!!!

- Josh May

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User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4962 times:

Hi.
I was in Havana last month and spotting could be a problem as a police officer told me it's forbiden.
But there is an Il-62 wich is now a bar (unfortunatly closed) 5 minutes walk from the terminal.
There is also on the other side, 4 aircrafts (CU An-24 + Il-62 + ?? + Aero Caribbean Il-18). It seems itt's a future aviation museum wich is not open to public yet but you could make some nice photos if you walk a litte bit. Far from the terminal, there are also some aircrafts in very bad condition such as CU Il-62, AOM DC-10 but it was too far and I don't know if it's possible to make pictures.
From inside the terminal, you can't see anything if you are not at the gate level and from there, it's nearly impossible to make good pictures because of airport configuration.
Good luck and a lot of fun.


User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1108 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4949 times:

The TAAG flight was probably a charter of some sort. They dropped their scheduled service to HAV a while I back I believe. Yes, their website is terrible but then again I'm sure the amount of people in Angola with computers is VERY small.

User currently offlineMIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1898 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4908 times:

Spotting in HAV is forbbiden but I haven´t had any problem while I was living there. If RWY 24 is in service you can go to Av Boyeros and in the cross close to T-2 (USA Terminal) you can spot very good. If 06 (it is Usually) is in service you need someone to help you but it going to be very difficult.

You Can easily see Cubana Yak-42, Il-62, Il-96, Tu-204, A-320 and some An-24/26 and Aerocaribbean YAK-40, ATR42 & 72 the Il-18 I think they are not in service. Aerogaviota ATR42-500 and AN26. You can see Aeroflot B767 early in the morning AFL333 is the flight. And also American Eagle ATR, Falcon air B732 and Venezolana B732, some light planes with cargo, sometimes B727C, and plenty B737 (Copa, Aeromexico.... ) A320 TACA, Mexicana, Air Jamaica. If you are very lucky you can see some Embraer (Copa, TAME, Continental B1900, Caribbean Airlines (they use sometimes and sometimes B738), LAN B767, on Satrudays AA B738, and during the afternoon after 17:00, Virgin B747, Air France B744 soon will be B773, Air Comet A310/A330/A340, Air Europa A332, Air Europe B767, Blue Panorama B767, Martinair B767, Iberia A343, Corsair B744. And some private jets, they use the Cargo platform by T-2.

If you are very lucky you can see also AN-2, and very often some Falcon (YV-) Venezuela goverment and A-319 (Mr Chavez plane) they use VIP Terminal, It is in T-1 (national terminal).

TAAG operates charters to HAV, once or twice a month.

Quoting LAXspotr (Thread starter):
I hear there is a "bridge" spot giving a view of the tarmac, but, I prefer photographing planes in the sky! Perhaps is there somewhere else I can walk or tell a taxi driver to take me?

Departure Area, you need a taxi or a own car, there are no public transport to the city centre.

Quoting SIBILLE (Reply 1):
It seems itt's a future aviation museum wich is not open to public yet but you could make some nice photos if you walk a litte bit. Far from the terminal, there are also some aircrafts in very bad condition such as CU Il-62, AOM DC-10 but it was too far and I don't know if it's possible to make pictures.

No, they are for parts, when they decide, they scrapp them and bury them behind Aerocaribben maintenance area between T-5 and T-3.


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5155 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4795 times:

Also, if you are in Havana, there is an air museum worth visiting, with lots of Russian aircraft.


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User currently offlineSIBILLE From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 483 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4700 times:



Quoting MIgAiR54 (Reply 3):
Quoting SIBILLE (Reply 1):
It seems itt's a future aviation museum wich is not open to public yet but you could make some nice photos if you walk a litte bit. Far from the terminal, there are also some aircrafts in very bad condition such as CU Il-62, AOM DC-10 but it was too far and I don't know if it's possible to make pictures.

No, they are for parts, when they decide, they scrapp them and bury them behind Aerocaribben maintenance area between T-5 and T-3.

Are you sure?
People working there told me it's a museum under preparation. And it seems to be because it's out of airport direct area, on a flat grass field, the four aircrafts are very well preserved and seems ready to fly (which is not the case of the others in the airport area wich are in bad condition).
I really think it's a future museum (should be nice).
Other info welcome.


User currently offlineMIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1898 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

Hello SIBILLE

I have been working there during the las 3 years flying for Aerocaribbean, and this planes are full of sandbags and they are not scrapped because they don´t belong to Cuba, And legaly they can´t do anything with them, just keep in a side, this planes used to fly for Cubana but AOM ended operations and AOM sell everything they could, originally 3 DC-10 were parked but I left for a better life, the other 2 never ever will fly again, I have seen the interior and nothins usefull is inside.

The IL-62 are kept because they are using some parts and they would like to use them again, but It is impossible now.

I have never heard about a museum in the airport. But after 3 years there I know everything is possible.


User currently offlineLAXspotr From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 81 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4351 times:

Oh, this is some really discouraging news...

I was unaware that spotting is "forbidden," and furthermore, it seems like HAV is an ultra tough place to take photos of aircraft on approach.

Does anyone know typically during what date each month TAAG operates charter flights? I'd be privileged to see that beautiful B747-300 it seems.

I wish someone would have some hopeful news for me in regards to spotting at HAV! Seems like most of the feedback hasn't been too promising...

I appreciate the info, however.

- Josh May


User currently offlineBeagleboys From Italy, joined Jun 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4315 times:



Quoting MIgAiR54 (Reply 3):
Air Europe B767, Blue Panorama B767

no more air europe 767, they sold it 2 months ago... now you can see from italy(since 3 years) also the NEOS 767 (EI-DMJ/EI-DOF) and (i'm not shure of that) some Livingston A330(ex lauda with a very nice livery)



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