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Spotting At Reagan  
User currently offlineFlyitup From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 47 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 942 times:

Greetings all.
In a couple of weeks I will be in Alexandria for a few days and am staying at the Travel Lodge approx. 1.5mi from Reagan International. Is anyone familiar with this area? Any tips on where I could get a good view of approaching departing aircraft? Thanks in advance for the information..


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User currently offlineFlyitup From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 929 times:

Any ideas?

Thanks again.


User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 927 times:


Pretty much any place in Washington D.C. is a spotting point for DCA. It's a great airport. A good place to start is Gravely Point (sp?). I am not from the D.C. area, but I was there a few weeks ago. Maybe someone else here on the forums can point you in the direction of Gravely Point. I hope this helps.

Chris in Orlando

User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 917 times:

You won't be able to get any close ups of individual aircraft, but "The Awakening" gives a great view national, where you can see the terminal, and all the arriving and departing aircraft, just not too close, so to catch close ups, it may not be good.... You can see Andrews from the Awakening, I think.


User currently offlineAspen1 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 905 times:

i lived accross the river up north from dca this last year. when we would be at the pool on our roof of the building one could watch the planes buzz by. an interesting note is that the planes fly so low that when you walk down h or f streets it looks like the plane will crash into the buildings. a great spot is on arlignton national bridge. also you can do some spotting at the park right before the airport.

have fun.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8556 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 899 times:

If you're not allowed to stand up for the first or last half hour on flights to and from DCA, isn't it a bit dicey to be loitering or whatever, pointing scanners around etc? If there's any airport in the US which is going to have REALLY touchy "security", isn't it National?

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 888 times:

I went there to vacation last year. If you ride the subway, you go right past Reagen airport so that is pretty cool. We really didnt go spotting but we went on a tour and at Arlington Cemetary they were landing right over it and the planes were pretty low. I dont know what runway that would be or if they would land over it if you were there. So I hope I helped you!

User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 876 times:

I watched planes from a marina in Alexandria.
it is quite close to the airport

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