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Good Spotting: Anderson AFB Guam  
User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6395 posts, RR: 24
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 12655 times:

So I am headed to Guam in a few weeks for some R & R and was wondering, is there any good spotting near Anderson? Looking at the security TFR it appears to be on the north side of the base, so can I assume most activity arrives from the north?

Thanks for any insight.

"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7887 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12619 times:

Guam winds are consistent and about 360 days per year - landings are from the southwest to the northeast.

We used to sit on the roof of a house several of us rented in Dededo back in 1972 and watch the B-52s coming back from missions over Vietnam. (I was stationed with a USN squadron at NAS Agana back then - what is/was the international airport).

Even on active duty, I never found a good position to take photos of aircraft taking off from Andersen out over the ocean.

User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6395 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 12576 times:

Thanks for the quick reply Fields. I have been checking the winds out, and your right, from the NE a lot. Maybe I can find something somewhere decent to watch the inbounds.

"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12364 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12382 times:

Nearly all of the take-offs from Andersen AFB are to the north, out over Patties Point (a 500' cliff drop and sprig of land out into the Pacific Ocean). All of that land is part of Andersen AFB and is closed to the public. There is a military only beach called Taragi Beach about a mile west of Patties Point that you can see departures from. But you need a military ID card, or military dependent ID card to use that beach.

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