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User currently offlineAC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 338 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1193 times:

I will be stopping over at Heathrow later this month and I want to know the BEST places to view all the action?? I have heard that there is some sort of observation deck ontop of T2. Is this a good place to go?? What exactly can you see from there?? Would it be comparable to the theme building at LAX?? Any info would be great.
Thanks!

AC330

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User currently offlineDan330 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1150 times:

Viewing deck on T2 is the Queens Building and it offers pretty good views of 27L /09R, T2 and T4 in the distance, most aircraft will taxi past at one stage or another.
Its free to go onto open from 0900 to dusk in the summer and theres a small cafe and aviation shop up there s well. Usually very busy at weekends. Never been on the theme building at LAX so I can't compare them I'm affraid. Any more info you need?


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
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If u want to see take-offs or landings from 27L, then the spectator gallery on T2 is perfect. You have a clear view of the runway ahead plus close-up shots of aircraft at their stands in T2, mainly the likes of LH,AF,SR,AZ,BMI,IB etc. T4 and all of BA's plane can be seen far in the distance.

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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
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This is the view from the T2 spectators gallery:


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User currently offlineSam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1117 times:

How long has admission to The Queen's Building been free? Admittedly, the last time I was there was 1981(!) and there was a small fee then. Luckily, I will have a chance to visit again soon in a few weeks time and can someone confirm that 9 am is the opening time on Sundays as well. Thank you kindly and greetings from Cork!

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
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Don't worry it's free.  Big grin



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Lets get this straight, there are NO spectator facilities in Q.B. they are actually ontop of T2.

Also you can go to the roof of the T3 car park for a limited view of 27R/09L or try the roof of the T2 car park for a view of some of the T3 stands, but be perpared to be moved on by security.

You could also take a bus to the BAA visitor centre that gives great views of the northern side of the airfield, T1 and 27R/09L. Bus numbers are 111,555,556,557,140,285. All are free round the airport roads, get off outside McDonalds, opposite the Renaissance Hotel, and the visitor centre is in the silver building next door, but they don't really like spotters hogging the place, and no scanners, so try and be descreet so they don't chuck you out, they also have some memorabelia from days gone by to look at too.

Enjoy.  Smile



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User currently offlineAC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Awsome! This looks pretty good. I am staying the night at the Renaissance Heathrow Hotel. Apparently the rooms there have a good view of one of the runways so I have requested one of those rooms. I can't wait to spend some time at Heathrow! I want to watch the Concorde fly out! Thanks for all the information guys.

AC330


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Concorde leaves at 10:45 from the runway your hotel room faces.

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1070 times:
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Since you're staying at the Rennaisance, here it is in the picture:


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User currently offlineAC330 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

So would I get a good view of the Concorde leaving from the observation area at T2?? Also are there any aviation related shops at Heathrow airport or around there??

AC330


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

no ,from the viewing area Concorde will usually depart from behind you, I don't know the best place to view it from, but I'm sure some one here could tell you.There is an aviation shop at the observation area and a very good model shop in the Sheraton Hotel.


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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10003 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

I found the following list of airlines and the terminals where the are handled (information was obtained from the BAA website):

T1: El Al, Aer Lingus, British Midland International, British Airways (European flights), Cyprus Airways, Finnair, Icelandair, LOT Polish Airlines, SN Brussels International, South African Airways, Swiss Air Lines, Virgin Express.

T2: Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Midland International, British European, Croatia Airlines, CSA, Iberia, JAT Yugoslav Airlines, Lybian Arab Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Malev, Olympic Airways, Riyal Air Maroc, Syrian Air, TAP Air Portugal, TAROM, Transaero, Tunis Air, Uzbekistan Airways, Yemen Airways.

T3: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air Jamaica, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, Air New Zealand, ANA, American Airlines, Bangladesh Biman, British Midland International, British Airways (MIA flights), BWIA, Cathay Pacific Airways, Continental Airlines (operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways), Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Eva Air, Ghana Airways (bankrupt?), Gulf Air, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Kibris Turkish Airlines, Korean Air, Kuweit Airways, Lithuanian Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Nigeria Airways (bankrupt?), PIA, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei, Royal Jordanian, SAS, Saudi Arabian, Singapore Airlines, Sudan Airways (?), Thai International Airways, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, United Airlines, Varig.

T4: British Airways (intercontinental flights/ UL flights. UL=SriLankan Airways), Kenya Airways, KLM, Qantas, Sri Lankan Airways).

From all this I've noticed that most airlines I want to photograph are handled at Terminal 3. As I will most likely be spotting on T2 (Queens Building) if I go, I would like to know if these aircraft can be photographed from the Queens Building? Does anyone know what the frequency of the flights of Air Namibia, Sudan Airways are? I would like to photograph these airlines as well (if they still operate to LHR).

Will all aircraft arriving/departing LHR taxy in front of the Queens Building (T2)? Will a 300 mm lense be sufficient to photograph taxiing aircraft from the Queens Building (T2)?

Any help is very much appreciated.

Regards,

A388


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

AC320,if you want to get an up personal view of Concorde on takeoff you'll need to walk round the perimeter road to the West end of the airfield.It'll be about a 30 minute walk from the hotel but you get a good view of the airfield.

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
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A slight correction: Swiss operates from T2, not T1.

A388,

If u want to see flights/airlines taking off from T3, then the observation deck on T2 will be sufficient, providing that take-offs are from 27L. Aircraft taxiing from T3 will pass by the T2 spectators area.

Arsenal@LHR



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User currently offlineSam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1020 times:

Thank you, Arsenal@LHR, for the update. By the way, I follow Spurs! So looking forward to some spotting again at LHR on Sunday fortnight. Even thinking of buying a camcorder for the occasion.

User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
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Cool Sam the lab, although Spurs is a no no! Big grin



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User currently offlineGroobster From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

There's always the M25!

The traffic is never moving round the Heathrow junctions.

 Big grin

Seriously though, you'll actually get some shots of the planes just above you.



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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2181 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 997 times:

Arsenal,

THANKYOU!! Thats the first time anyone here has linked to a pic of mine (that i know of  Wink/being sarcastic)

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