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User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Friends-

I will be transitting SFO for a couple hours on Friday 1/8/10. Anyone know any good spots to take a couple photos with me just having a UA Domestic boarding pass ?

Thanks In Advance-


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

If 10/28 is in use, head out to the 70s gates out on the pier (United Express goes out of here) - you'll be looking right out onto that runway. Not much of a view though if 1/19 is in use though.

User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Thanks DeltAirlines-

It's not particularly a fun trip for me with what will be going on in ICT ( my final destination ), but I chose the FAT-SFO-DEN-ICT routing so I could ride a UA 777 and connect in a new airport for me.

I arrive on a Skywest EMB-120, so hopefully we will park at the 70 gates.

Your advice is great, and it will help me kill some time.



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User currently offlineKBMIFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

If you have time, you can also get down to the AA gates (around 65), these have about the same view, but a little closer to the landing zones on the 28's. AA and UA piers are connected behind security now.

User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Thanks BMI, you represent a great area of the country, BTW. I know of the ISU Redbirds.

IIRC, you have a brand new terminal as well. How does it compare to the old one ?



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2810 times:



Quoting JMackey (Reply 2):

I arrive on a Skywest EMB-120, so hopefully we will park at the 70 gates.

Will most likely come in that area, but push comes to shove it's no more than a 5 minute walk around the United domestic gates - it's a pretty compact terminal.

I'm assuming In-N-Out isn't a big deal for you being in California, but I've been able to do an In-N-Out run to the one in Millbrae during a 2 hour layover in SFO by taking a cab and having him run through the drive thru.


User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

It's funny that you mention In and Out.

IMHO, it's spotters like us that keep a certain one in Los Angeles in business !



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User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Thanks again to all of you.

I will have our better camera with me on the trip this weekend, and if you all would be interested, I will post the photos I take when I get home. They will be in the appropriate forum, of course.

I am of very limited photographic skill, but I will sure try ( with SFO, DEN and ICT ) to get some decent stuff to share.



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User currently offlineOlympic472 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

I suggest you walk back towards the security screening area of the terminal, but stay airside. Proceed towards the International terminal via gate 73 onwards. At the end there is a connector to Concourse G (north half of the International terminal). Plenty of parked 744s and 777s.


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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2748 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2649 times:



Quoting Olympic472 (Reply 8):
I suggest you walk back towards the security screening area of the terminal, but stay airside. Proceed towards the International terminal via gate 73 onwards. At the end there is a connector to Concourse G (north half of the International terminal). Plenty of parked 744s and 777s.



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 1):
If 10/28 is in use, head out to the 70s gates out on the pier (United Express goes out of here) - you'll be looking right out onto that runway.

These were going to be my suggestions. You should be able to get a good look at aircraft landing on the 28s from the end of the 70s gates. The AA gates would work too.

The international terminal is very nice, and you can get up close to Air China, Emirates, Lufthansa and of course United widebodies.



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User currently offlineN53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

If you have enough time to leave the gates area, take the free Air Train around the terminals. There's some awesome views/angles available:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/richsnyder/4199458160/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/richsnyder/4198801079/sizes/l/

Enjoy your time at SFO!



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User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

Rich, is that you ? You and I met at In-and-Out park about a year ago now. Great to see ya !


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User currently offlineN53614 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

Hey JMackey! Yeah, I'm the same Rich from In-n-Out. Gonna be back there later this month too.

Have a good time at SFO!



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User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2415 times:

Just praying now that my FAT-SFO flight even goes on Friday morning. Our " tule fog " has been ridiculous lately. Last night we were down to nil visibility again.


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User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2353 times:



Quoting Olympic472 (Reply 8):
I suggest you walk back towards the security screening area of the terminal, but stay airside. Proceed towards the International terminal via gate 73 onwards. At the end there is a connector to Concourse G (north half of the International terminal). Plenty of parked 744s and 777s.

I was also going to mention this. I enjoy heading over to get some close-ups of widebodies. What time of the day are you going to be passing through? You can get some great shots from the upper level overlooking the aircraft or you can also get some pictures "face to face" with the birds if you head down into the lower hold areas. You will get more variety in the A gates, but I don't know if you can get there via security from the North Terminal or the G Int. Concourse (anyone know a way?). However, Concourse G will have (depending upon the time of day) Singapore, EVA, Emirates, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand, Air China, ANA, and of course United. The windows on the south side (away from the runways) have that layer with the little holes to reduce glare into the building, but those on the north side are clear. I just took some photos there this past Sunday - EK 77W, NZ 772, LH 744, BR 77W, UA 744s and a UA 777 were there. Hope that you have a great time!


User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2334 times:



Quoting Iowa744Fan (Reply 14):
What time of the day are you going to be passing through?

Right now, its 0905-1055 local. I will be trying to standby on a 0525 out of FAT that morning if the visibility is as it has been the past few days.

In that case it will be 0612-1055 local.

BTW...Thanks for the great advice !



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User currently offlineDan23 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

When I was in SFO briefly in August, I spent an hour or so viewing through the windows near the SouthWest gates before our flight to LAS. The location was overlooking the holding point for 1L/1R so the view of aircraft departing was great and the view of aircraft arriving on 28L/28R was pretty decent too. In the time I was there I saw a BA B744, KL B744, EI A330, AC A320 and multiple UA/AA B757's and B767's. I think it was in Terminal 1?

User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

Guys, my dates have changed, I will be in SFO tomorrow. Please wish me good luck !


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User currently offlineHawaiian763 From Canada, joined May 2009, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

I found a couple of good places along the 70's and 80's but that's only if 10/28 runways are in use. I just went through SFO a couple of weeks ago on my way to OGG, thought it was an amazing airport considering it was my first time going through SFO

User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Thanks for everything guys. SFO was a great time, and I may have a few shots to share. I will post them either tonight or tomorrow.


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User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

BTW, an interesting retail operation I forgot to tell you all about--

At the entrance to International Terminal Concourse A ( Gates 90-98 ), I found a kiosk selling H1N1 and Pneumonia vaccinations, 30 bucks each.



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