NWA319
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Question For MSP Spotters

Sun Apr 06, 2003 3:06 pm

I would like to know how many MSP spotters there are out there? I live about an hour and a half away and i was wondering if any of you know of any good spots where i could watch the planes? I've always wanted to go there but i never know where i can go!

Thanks!
J.L
 
notam-j
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Sun Apr 06, 2003 4:57 pm

Haven't had much of a chance to do any spotting at MSP lately, but I know that there is a place designated for spotters on Post Rd. off of Highway 5. This used to be a great spot before MAC put in employee parking lots. However, you are still able to get a good view of the action since the parking areas for spotting face the 12R/30L parallel runway. Here is a picture that appears to be taken from that location. As you can see the employee bus shelter was in the way of a great photo opportunity!


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Here is a link that depicts this location http://mspupdate.tripod.com/mspairfield.gif
I'm sure there are other great spots but I'm not sure where they are, hope to see some good responses on this one.
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Sun Apr 06, 2003 5:40 pm

First off...NWA319, you live just down the road from where I used to live (Menomonie). Anyways...I dont know if this has changed since i moved which was right after 9-11,but when you enter Ft. Snelling Park there is a frontage road,this road runs right next to MN 5, I used to get good shots on planes arriving on 30L. Depending on the camera you have(ie,zoom),if you go into Ft. Snelling Park there are some good spots to take pics of aircraft on 30R also.
 
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 1:02 am


Thanks for the info!  Smile

J.L
 
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 1:09 am

If you don't have a car or plan to hire one,any place else to go,perhaps the parking garage?

I need to head to MSP to start clearing some NW CRJ's etc,plus all thos DC9's i've missing from my files.Hopefully thinks will become easier for us spotters once the war ends.

I appreciate any help guys,thanks.

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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 1:56 am

You guys are missing one of the greatest spots at MSP. Go to the general parking area, go to the top level, and you have an unobstructed view of all the runways, it's spectacular!

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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 2:06 am

NOTAM-J,

That spot where Aric took the picture you posted is not from the parking lot off of Post Road. Photos from the parking lot you are referring to aren't possible.

Also, the aircraft are way too high to be shooting photos from the state park in my opinion.

Mark Abbott
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notam-j
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 6:42 am

Brick,

I realized after looking at the photo that Aric must have had some height in order to get that shot. I do know that one of the employee parking lots does obstruct the location I am referring too which leads me to believe that this is where he took the picture.

Also, the picture had to have been taken in front of the west employee shelter (not the east) otherwise you would also see the aircraft runup shield in this photo. The Red general parking ramp in the background also verifies this location along with gates G13/G14.

So, in order to get the required height he maybe took the photo from the hill behind the Post Road spectator lot if he had access to the restricted area, or maybe through Ft. Snelling National Cemetery which you can see in your photo below.
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:04 am

NOTAM-J you are exactly right. You ARE able to take pictures from that employee parking lot seeing that I have taken several from that location. It is somewhat difficult to get good shots sometimes, do to some obstructions but that photo of the 757-300 was taken from that lot.

Maybe you should come back to MSP Mark and try taking some pics  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:05 am

I keep saying the general parking garage! It's cheap, it's like $1 for I think 2 hours. LOOK!


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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 8:14 am

Acknowledged Continental... good idea!
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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 11:27 am

Fort Snelling National Cemetary is actually where the 757-351 shot was taken from. I go there often and often go to the parking lot on Post Road and it is much too low to get that view.

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RE: Question For MSP Spotters

Mon Apr 07, 2003 12:02 pm

Greetings NWA 319 and others,

If you take I-494 East past the airport you will drive over a large, river area. Take the first exit named Pilot's Knob road. There is an old fort with a stone wall that over looks the river and is between the parallels 30L-R. Very scenic view. There is also a Community College parking lot near the fort that puts you directly under the final approach path approximately on a 1 mile final. When it's quiet, you can sometimes hear the wingtip vortices!

Drop me a line if you would look like more directions how to get there! I would highly recommend it.

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