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Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 4:30 am

Is the observation area in St. Louis still open? Also, is there still a possibility to photograph approach shots around the perimeter?

Thanks,

Dave
 
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 6:50 am

The public veiwing area on Lindbergh Blvd has been reopened recently. But that is the only place on the perimeter of the airport you can get shots. Otherwise, you will be "kindly asked to leave" by the Airport Police Department.
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 8:09 am

Boeing nut,

I appreciate the reply. I wanted to get my last few shots of TWA before they are gone, and it would be a long five and a half hour waste of drive.

Dave
 
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 8:22 am

I should have asked you before I went! I went last June and I found some good places to go spotting. One of the places was this cafe right past all the ticket counters there is this big window where you can look out and see all the TWA planes and the TWE planes too before they leave. Another place I went to was near the gate areas too. Wherever there is a resturant they have big windows where you can look at the planes while they are parked at the gates. Where is the public viewing area cause I want to know if I want to go back there and if there are any other places to spot cause I found some good places too. I had gotten a lot of shots of the TWA airplanes in the old and new colors and some of the other airlines too.
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 8:46 am

Another suggestion: If you're going before Nov. 30th, and you're willing to fork over $25 to get into the Ambassadors Club (it will become an Admirals Club after the 30th and I don't know what their rules are), then by all means do it. Unfortunately, the club is located past security to the B/C/D concourses, so unless you're flying to/from STL, you can't get in. But if you can, the club is located on the level above the concourse and the windows face the field, the area around the B concourse, and the "alley" between the C and D concourses. I've gotten numerous great shots from there.
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 8:50 am

I forgot one other place. One the north side of the airport is the 94th Aero Squadron resturant. It has an outside seating area right next to runway 13/31. You can get some nice approach shots there pending on the runway direction.

WARNING: the beer is kind of expensive there though.  Smile
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 8:55 am

The northeast side to be exact.
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 10:14 am

I am glad to hear the viewing place is reopened there on Lindbergh. I went down there in late September and almost got busted by a cop for stopping in the no parking area. It is about time they let spotters have some fun. It is not like we are going to cause any problems.
 
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Fri Nov 16, 2001 4:24 pm

If you like to walk...park in the abandoned housing area near FedEx and walk up a hill...(near the 94th restruant).
I do this alot.

also there is a closed observation area off 30L...thought it would be nice just to go running there and then "catch my breath" right at the departure end. Usually 30L/R is used for landings when I'm out there, so the planes are flying 100ft overhead, or within 500 ft of the fence.
 
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Sat Nov 17, 2001 3:59 am

There used to be an area on the east side of the airport where there was a gravel parking lot near the landing path of the Farthest Northerly Runway. Is this 31 R, and is it possible to park there?

CcrlR, I have actually seen the restaurant you are talking about which is very nice. I will stop there for lunch I'm sure.

Thanks,

Dave
 
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Wed Nov 21, 2001 9:54 pm

Hey
Have you tried the Rennaisance hotel right by the airport? Get a room high up, facing the airport, and you have a great view of the planes. If they are landing on 30, they will pass right in front you, if they are taking off on 12, they will fly right over you.
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Wed Nov 21, 2001 10:38 pm

Penquinflies,

The hill near the 94th Aerosquadron is a good vantage point, however, I believe the Airport Police Department frown upon antone being there now. The closed off are along the approach for 30L sounds like either the "snow away lot" or the cemetary. I have serious doubts that you would be allowed to stay there.

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The gravel parking lot is reserved for construction contractors as a staging area and for snow disposal. Don't park there, you will be labeled as "suspicious". But here's a little trivia about the airport. The area you mentioned for 31 approaches is meant for 30R. Approaches for runway 31 are prohibited due to the close proximatey of the resturaunt to the runway.

Gentlemen, I will check with the Airport Police to find out if there are other places besides the viewing area on Lindbergh that you can go spotting at.

Regards
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RE: Spotting In St. Louis

Thu Nov 22, 2001 3:36 am

Thanks for all the information. I'm sure it will help!

Dave

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