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STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 11:10 am

Just booked my flights to STL for a daytrip. Could you guys help me out on where the good places to spot are? Preferrably something within walking distance.

Thanks in advance,

RE: STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 11:20 am

Well, I used to go next to the old HO JO but they closed that awesome viewing area down. It was designated to the public viewing area and all of the planes from 12L/12R took off right over youre head making for great pics. But unfortunately W-1W is destroying the area (W-1W is the new runway project) I guess u can go somewhere around the HO JO and find a spot though. If you are coming in on SWA or AA you are going to concourse C, or D and you are on the exact opposite side of the Howard Johnson. Concourse A (US,DL, HP, NW, CO, UA) closest to the Ho Jo. You could probably walk to the HOward Johnson and youre common sense will do the rest on finding a place to spot. My guess is you could probably just find youre own little spot even though the designated area is closing down
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RE: STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 11:54 am

A better bet would be to go to a resturaunt/bar called the 94th Aero squadron. It's on the NW side of the airfield. It's not too bad of a hike. About two miles. Anyway, they have a patio area where you can get some great shots of aircraft departing/arriving on 12L/30R. A cab may rake you over the coals for that short a trip. Or you may try to call Midcoast Aviation. They are an FBO at STL, and are located next door to the 94th. They may or may not give you a lift, but they can't tell you no until you ask, right?

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RE: STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 12:05 pm

The 94th Aero squadron didnt work out good for me because they told me I had to buy an actual entree if I wanted to stay where I was because all I had was a appetizer and a soda. After I didnt buy anything they politely told me to leave. OH yeah midcoast, I didnt know they would let you spot though?
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RE: STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 2:08 pm

Ummm, if you want a decent view of the AA ramp you can stand on the platform at the end of the Metro-Link Station at the airport. You can also get the same view out of the windows in the hallway in between the escalators to the station and the ticket counter. The view from the top of SWA Terminal parking garage does not look half bad.

I never actually did any spotting when I was in STL this summer for several weeks, but these places stick out in my mind as good places to spot.
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RE: STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 8:07 pm

Thanks for the responses, I'll be coming in on AA, so my best bet is the SWA parking garage? Not really looking to spend a whole lot of money (i.e. buying an entree at the oh-so-expensive 94th aero).
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RE: STL Spotting

Thu Sep 26, 2002 8:11 pm

94th aero kicked you out?? haha! i must have sat outside for a good 30-40 minutes then decided to grab a snack inside. a waitress did come out and ask us if we needed anything, but never told us to leave.

RE: STL Spotting

Fri Sep 27, 2002 5:05 am

It was around dinner time because I was trying to get a good sunset shot of some planes and it was a Saturday night so thas probably why.
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The Best Spot!

Fri Sep 27, 2002 6:16 am

Take McDonnel Blvd. (Behind the Large black Renaissance Hotel) until you get to Airport Rd. Turn right, and you'll see a one-way street on your left. This is the street that you are trying to get to. To get there, continue up to the Berkeley High School. The road to the school will loop around in a circle back to that one-way street. The one-way street is at the top of a hill, providing a great view of the whole Lambert field. It is at the top of this hill where you want to be. I'm not sure that you are able to park there, but the spotting is remarkable. It is right next to the tracon tower, and the birds are within spitting distance Big grin Hope you can find this spot, it is THE best. Sorry if my directions are a bit slip-shod, I haven't been to STL for a while. Good luck, and enjoy.

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RE: STL Spotting

Fri Sep 27, 2002 11:55 am

The 94th Aero Squadron restaurant is bad for photography this time of year. It is a morning, summer only spot.

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RE: STL Spotting

Sat Sep 28, 2002 7:10 am

There is a closed viewing area on the east side of the airport. If you walk toward the renissance past the cargo area you'll come to a intersection with a traffic light (in the middle of nowhere). Right across the street from there is a closed parking lot and the snow/salt prep area for the airport. You can just sit right on the grass there and you're about 400ft from the end of 30L. It's also great for watching the St. Louis county cops pull people over for speeding on McDonnell Douglas Blvd.

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