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What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 3:22 am

greetings  Smile

Next Friday I will be flying from SEA to LAS for a 5-day stay. I will be renting a car, and buying a ladder, where are some good places to shoot? Are there currently any planes stored at LAS or elsewhere? Any good photo spots in Laughlin?

Thanks for any info anyone might have!

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:37 am

I know of the parking area along Sunset-parallel to 25R & L. I've also seen people taking pic's at the beginning of 25's to get this pic.

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You can also go over near Fed Ex's area on the side of 25R but I've heard of people being hassled.
There was a bunch of stored UA DC-10-10's . You can get there by taking Dewey Dr. off Las Vegas Blvd. across from Mandalay Bay . There was a couple UA 732's and a white A300 and 747SP that has since left . I was there last Sep. and I'm sure things have changed!
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:50 am

we've got a UA DC-10, some US MD80s, and a UA 737-200 w/ no engines. That's it.

There is a spotters area on Sunset by the post office, you can tune your radio to 88.5 FM and listen to live ATC.

Airport police WILL ask you to leave if you get a ladder near the airport and take pictures. Just a warning. To avoid this, park in the open field just SOUTH of the spotting area off of Sunset Avenue (south end of the airport) and you can use your ladder or get on top of your car there and Airport police or Metro (Vegas cops) won't approach you.

There is another good spot on Eastern... 1 block south of Russell.. forgot the name of the intersection, but there is an area between the jetblast wall and the dust-mound to get shots of aircraft taxing up for departure on 25R.

Another good spot (its somewhat fenced off, but accessible) is at Paradise and Tropicana... just walk about 1,500 feet west of the intersection and you are directly under the flight paths to 19L/R...

To get to the "aircraft grave yard" take Tropicana to Koval, go south.. follow the road until you are almost facing Hacienda.... the road turns to the right toward Mandalay Bay and Luxor (after the stoplight on Koval, fyi), you'll see a pink plaza, kinda take a left but go straight (still going south).... you'll see an apartment complex on your left on the other side of the wash (empty waterway)... go to the next road (there's a Panda Express on the corner of this road and LVB, you can't miss Panda, and take a left... you'll be staring at the MD80s and DC-10 at that point. You can turn right on the access road and stop short of the FBO entrance and take some good shots... but it's a 12 foot fence, so good luck. METRO or Airport Police will approach you, possibly Military Police, if you are there long... Military Police will inquire because their ramp for the Area 51 flights/ Janet Ramp / is adjacent to the "graveyard"'

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:54 am

I just wanted to comment, the picture above was taken at the intersection I was thinking of is at patrick and eastern blvd... the spotting area is south on eastern, take a right on sunset.. it's about 1/2 mile down the road on the right...

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:57 am

thanks you guys. We are staying at the Mandalay, and have requested a room facing the airport side. I was there back in Feb. 00 and enjoyed watching the Janet flights.

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 5:02 am

Is UA still storing some 747-100/200s at McCarren Int'l?

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 5:26 am

no, all we have *again* are a UA DC-10, a few US MD-80s/Fukker 100s, and a UA 737-200 w/o engines. Omni parks their DC-10-30 over there a few days a week as well, but it's flyable.

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 7:45 am

SegmentKing: I apologize for not reading the posting more thoroughly. You had already answered my question!

Thanks for the McCarren info,

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 9:53 am

With the right lense you can get departure shots from 25R from th NASCAR go-kart place on Sunset. I also got a pic of the JAL 747 taking off from RW10 .
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 10:33 am

What To Expect In Las Vegas



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DIA

Thu Aug 01, 2002 10:39 am

considering it was the first line of my response......

anyway, have fun here, and be sure to hit the spotters area around 10PM... you'll have nonstop arrivals and departures until a little after midnight...

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 11:45 am

FYI: Kingman airport about 30 miles east of Laughlin has a decent-size graveyard. As for spotting, there isn't much in the way of commercial aircraft. However, it's pretty good for military jets and helicopters.

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 1:25 pm

Make sure you check out their executive terminal/parking- last time I was there, besides the jets there were a bunch of F-27s.
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 2:11 pm

Well I'll be going to Las Vegas (AGAIN:7th time this year) this monday with my mom. We were supposed to stay in Mandalay Bay (woo lazy river pool Big grin) but were gonna stay in Excalibur again since my mom got the "Stay one night get another night free" (er something like that). I do remember those US MD-80s adjacent to the strip the last time I was there back in June.
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 2:14 pm

What to expect, well great people and great hotels with great casino's. Make sure and visit the hotels, they are fantastic as I heard from my parents who visited. They were especially impressed with the Luxor, MGM Grand and Cesar's Palace.

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 2:16 pm

Hey man, Screw plane spotting! Hit the strip!  Big thumbs up

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:19 pm

Look out for the SIA Boeing 777-212/ER arriving every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9.45 pm and departing on Monday, Thursday and Saturday morning at 7 am.

You're kinda lucky because SIA only commences operations to Vegas tomorrow and there are no SIA birds at SEA.
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 4:28 pm

Could some kind souls in Las Vegas please take a pic of the SIA bird arriving tomorrow? (or any SIA bird arriving in the future) and post it for us??

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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Thu Aug 01, 2002 11:55 pm

I will be there looking for the SIA bird on the morning of the 10th.
 
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 2:38 am

Also check out the display case near the escaladers up to security-there are models of all the airlines and plane types that operated into LAS over the years. They'll have to add SQ and the 777. Both will be new to LAS!
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 3:39 am

Nothing personal dude, but if you are in Vegas and staying at the Mandalay, then planespotting should be the last thing on your mind.
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 4:40 am

Make sure you go see Sigfried and Roy before they retire. Also you should see Wayne Newton at the Stardust and FX at MGM. I hear Danny Gans is good along with 'O' . Also check out Studio 54 at MGM.
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:14 am

why should planes be the last thing on my mind? I am going to gamble some coin, eat some killer food, have crazy sex with my g/f (who bought me a Coolpix 5000 to shoot planes) and take some great photos. We are also going to catch 311, who are playing that weekend.

It's the perfect vacation.
 
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:47 am

The Luxor also offers excellent views of McCarren airport. Request a room in the pyramid that faces the strip.

Also, if you do a little drinking the inclinators make you feel like you have done A LOT of drinking.

Enjoy, Las Vegas is adult Disney Land.
 
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 11:58 am

Pass on Seigfried & Roy, I personally was disappointed w/ them. Don't play on the strip, you'll loose your money. Go to Green Valley Ranch or Sunset Station. :P

The shows here are a TOTAL waste... you can see Blue Man Group in Chicago for 1/2 the price and get a better show. Rita Rudner tickets are $46 each, but you can catch her at a local show in your city or nearby for $20 to $30...

anyway, Mandalay is nice, but make sure you get a car to drive around... it was about 105 today, granted it's dry heat, I live here and I'm used to it :P You may die of exhaustion in walking a few feet (i can go from MGM to Ballys (walking, not the monorail) and not break a sweat...

enjoy vegas...

(btw, Stage WB @ the Venetian is impressive eating!)
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 12:22 pm

Besides plane-spotting on Sunset, nice place to watch btw. You can try some of these fine establishments:

A Showgirl Video - Topless
Can-Can Room - Topless
Centerfold Lounge - Topless
Cheetahs - Topless - 24 Hours
Club Exotic - Topless - 24 Hours
Crazy Horse - Topless - 24 Hours
Deja Vu Showgirls - Totally Nude
Girls of Glitter Gulch - Topless - 24 Hours
Larry's Villa - Topless
Little Darlings - Totally Nude - 24 Hours
Olympic Garden - male/female dancers - 24 Hours
Palomino Club - Totally Nude - 2pm-dawn
The Satin Saddle Club - Topless
Spearmint Rhino - Totally Nude - 4pm-4am
Talk of the Town - Topless - 24 Hours
Wild J's - Topless - 24 Hours
 
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RE: What To Expect In Las Vegas

Fri Aug 02, 2002 2:11 pm

but the strippers are now told they can't touch their boobies against a guy...

County OKs lap dance rules

Citizens offered numerous reasons Wednesday why Clark County commissioners should butt out of the bump-and-grind business.

During an at-times raucous meeting, speakers said strip clubs are not the dens of prostitution described by police, and they reminded commissioners that this is Sin City, after all, not Disneyland

here's the link...
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2002/Aug-01-Thu-2002/news/19318186.html

stick w/ the spotting.. will be more fun *smirk*

Btw, for show tickets, go to http://www.tripres.com and click on the "show tickets" button on the top middle..

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