flyboy80
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SEA Spotting

Mon Jul 14, 2003 3:33 pm

Hi all, Im going to be going up to Seattle shortly, I have never known of a spotting area at SEA, but is there any good areas where you can spot there? Also, is the Aviation museum there very good? I am exited to go back for the boeing everett tour, I think they still have them... Thanks for any help!
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fsuwxman
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RE: SEA Spotting

Tue Jul 15, 2003 1:11 am

When are you heading to SEA? I will be heading up there a week from Friday. I plan on going up to Everett to try to get a glimpse of the 773ER. Does anyone know of a good nook to spot at SEA, if not there is always the wineries and breweries...
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FullThrottle
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RE: SEA Spotting

Tue Jul 15, 2003 3:02 am

Hey guys,
This is my first post so here it goes. I was at SEA the other day and the planes were landing 16R/L. There is good access before the runways kind of a long side the Approach lighting system. You can only see the landing traffic. The police and security people are really tight around the entire airport. They will stop and ask you what your doing and stuff. If the planes are landing on 34R/L you can go to the beginning of the runway to get really close. Hope this helps and have fun.
 
searpqx
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RE: SEA Spotting

Tue Jul 15, 2003 3:08 am

Fsuwxman - you don't need to make the trek to Everett to see the 300ERs, during the certification testing they are based at Boeing field. As of this morning, both of the aircraft currently in the program were sitting out in front of the hanger on the west side of the field. You can see them clearly from I-5, and probably get some decent views of them from the King County Municipal terminal on the east side of the field.
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flyboy80
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RE: SEA Spotting

Tue Jul 15, 2003 3:12 am

Well I really hope I can find those spots you mentioned full throttle! Is it simular to PDX? Like are there pull offs...etc??? THanks!
 
FullThrottle
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RE: SEA Spotting

Tue Jul 15, 2003 3:16 am

There aren't really pull offs just the shoulder. The places I am talking about are easy to get to esspecially the ones to 34R/L. To get to the 16R/L spot go by the cargo stuff and then just fallow the field around.
 
fsuwxman
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RE: SEA Spotting

Tue Jul 15, 2003 12:33 pm

Searpqx- Thanks for the info abouth the 300ERs. I guess that will save me that 40 mile trek. I figure I can go there before I go to the Mariners game when I up there.

About security on the perimetre of SEA... Do they just stop and ask you what your doing, or do they just make you leave. No sense in going if they are going to ask you to leave.

Another Question: At the Renton airport, there is a path that goes from a park between the runways and the Boeing factory. There is a little bridge that the planes had to taxi from, where the 737s are stored, to the runways. I went down there one afternoon for about three hours and got alot of great video. Post 9/11, are they sticklers about not letting people there... Anyone know how they are there.

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HAL
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RE: SEA Spotting

Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:40 pm

If they are landing 16 in SEA, try at the park around the large water tank just north of the cargo area. Go north on 24th Ave South, over highway 518, and about three blocks past that you'll see a large open park with a low concrete water tank. It's a great place to sit and watch the approaches.

As for Renton, I walk along that path all the time and haven't found any problems with watching the planes from there. There is usually a security car parked on the 737 ramp, and if you set up a camera or something like that he may come over and ask what you're doing, but since the path and park are city property, I don't think they can stop you from taking pictures. Have fun!

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