spiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
I am flying on SWA1174 from ISP-BWI-CHS on Thursday morning and am wondering how great my chances are of catching a glimpse of a 787 (whether parked or in action)? I see that one flew yesterday CHS-MYR(which is actually one of my home airports) but I missed it. What is the proximity of the Boeing facilities to the commercial terminal? I do hope to see one of the majestic new birds.
avalon2862 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2966 times:
Quoting spiritair97 (Thread starter): What is the proximity of the Boeing facilities to the commercial terminal? I do hope to see one of the majestic new birds.
The Boeing plant is right next to the terminal in CHS. If you're driving out of the terminal, you'll see the facility very clearly. You'll probably also see one of the DreamLifters on the ramp as well. If you go to the cell phone waiting area, it is literally right next to the assembly building and you can see anything that is taxiing to/from the Boeing ramp.
As for the 787s... when I was there a couple weeks ago, the only one I saw was an AI bird that was undergoing ramp completion tasks. The outdoor ramp for the 787's is on the opposite side of the assembly building from the terminal, so unless you drive around to the other side of of the assembly building, you probably won't see anything. Even then, there's a lof of blast fencing that surrounds the ramp area, but you can still see the planes on the ramp.
I wouldn't count on any photo opportunities, though. Security is pretty tight and the airport police are everywhere.
caetravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 914 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2593 times:
This past weekend the AI bird was sitting on the ramp. There is a frontage road around the airport that takes you right by the 787 ramp. I took a drive around it and was able to get some very good views of it as I drove past. However, stopping was NOT an option. As I turned around and came back by, there were two cops on 4 wheelers patrolling the perimeter fences.
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