pilottim747
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What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 2:26 pm

Hey, everyone. I just uploaded the spotting locations page to the Aviation Enthutiast portion of the MSP Update website. It's hopefully just a start and I'd like some feedback.

I was wondering what are your favorite spotting locations at MSP, and why you like them. I know Post Road gets quite a crowd but there are some good spots for the more professional crowd.

pilottim747
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beefer
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Sun Oct 26, 2003 1:50 pm

I just checked out your website for the first time today. A lot of good information in there, keep up the good work. I'll check it often.

My favorite location is the Lindberg ramps. (Even though you have to pay) I usually go to the long term ramp on the south side and park about 1 or 2 floors below the top deck. I like it because you can see the entire runway clearly and have a good view of the approach path. Also, it is the runway which the 747's and DC-10's used the most. Even though it is farther away from the runway than post road is, I feel closer to the action, I think, because of the height.

Post road is good, just to many fences.

The approach for runway 30L is the most fun spot to be. Usually I have just pulled on to the road which goes (I think) to the officers club and just kind of moved slowly through there. I've never thought about parking in the State Park. How much does that cost? I've never been down there, so I guess I never knew there was a parking lot that close.

I've always been to chicken to try the cemetery Hill, I guess I'm afraid of being bothered. Do they pretty much leave you alone if you are just minding your own business? Or will they eventually come along and tell you to move along. I've always wondered.

I also used to park on the north side of the airfield where the road which goes by the golf course ends at the fence of the airport. I think that's closed now because of the light rail tunnel construction. It was probably the closest you could get to the runway, but the view was pretty limited. It's also the spot where a friendly officer told me one night that you can't there after dark.

I've never thought of the new Humphrey ramp, I'll have to check that out sometime.

 
Continental
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Sun Oct 26, 2003 2:11 pm

Nice site! I can help you ever if you want with the site. My favorite spotting locations are on the top of the parking garage, under 30L, and on Post Road. How do you get to the one on the far right by 30R??

co
 
pilottim747
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Sun Oct 26, 2003 2:53 pm

Hey thanks guys,

The cemetery is a nice place to spot but you do want to be cautious. I haven't heard of having trouble in there but I'm sure the minute that someone is disrespectful that they'll be more restrictive.

The top of the Humphrey ramp is worth going up just because its a totally new perspective on the field. You get so used to the view from the Lindbergh Terminal's ramps that its nice to see it from that angle.

I'll have to take a look over by 30R. I haven't spotted there since they started the LRT construction. AviatorTJ went over to the fence over there by the golf course but said he got hastled by a "rent-a-cop". I've got directions and a map on the website of how to get there. It's on public property so there really shouldn't be a problem, but this is a crazy country.

Thanks for the support, however. Its good to hear people are enjoying the site and it means I'll keep working to keep it up-to-date.

Tim
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aviatortj
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:05 am

Well my favorite spot is a secret. If you are not PilotTim747, and you find out, I would have to kill you.  Smile For photography, I love the Fort Snelling State Park. It is $7 for the day and ~$25 for the year. You can get some unique shots from many different perspectives. Make sure to get a park map at the office to find some good trails to get on.

Photography, with some good zoom, is nice from the ramps and the cemetery. MSP is a good spotters airport IMHO, I still think I need to get out and see some other airports.

Once I get my camera back in commission, watch out for some killer shots. I will break from school to go to MSP.  Wink/being sarcastic Also guys, Thanksgiving weekend we need to meet up. Mail me.

Later....TJ

co- you never responded in the other thread...i think we were shooting near each other the weekend before last.
 
Continental
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:15 am

I totally forgot that thread! Yeah, I'm pretty darn sure we were at the same place/time that day! I sent an e-mail just now!

co
 
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:19 am

My favorite spot is in my brother's house in Southeast Minneapolis, just off 62, which is directly under the flight path.... We can sit in the backyard in and drink beers and watch 'em come in one after another... or sit on the front porch and watch 'em take off one after the other. Especially love it when the heavies come in... they're so low it looks like you can touch them.
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:25 am

My favorite spot is in my brother's house in Southeast Minneapolis, just off 62, which is directly under the flight path.... We can sit in the backyard in and drink beers and watch 'em come in one after another... or sit on the front porch and watch 'em take off one after the other. Especially love it when the heavies come in... they're so low it looks like you can touch them.

I'm jealous. I wish I had a private place to hang out like that and legally mix beers with photography and planes. One of those houses would be awesome. Especially about 28th Ave and 62  Love.
 
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:42 pm

Several years ago I spent a sunny afternoon on a grassy area in the park just across the freeway, sitting right among the landing lights. I parked down in the park ($4 I think), then walked up the hill to watch the planes. There were several families out there. The park police asked cars to move along that were stopped in the road, but didn't bother anyone sitting around on the grass. Is that area still available, or is it off limits since 9/11? It was a great vantage point right under the planes.
 
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RE: What Are Your Favorite MSP Spotting Locations?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:00 pm

I now live in Thief River Falls but I used to live on 53rd and Chicago between the flight path of the parallels. I could go down to the park on 56th and watch when the 74's would arrive from AMS or NRT.
Many a summer day was spent up on the hill at the cemetery. Some of the staff would have a problem but most of the time they were okay with it. Just recently I was down on the post road waiting for the outbound NRT flight and they turned to takeoff on the crosswind 4/22. I drove around the NWA maintenance hangers on 494 and around to the old Fedex lot. That was very close when the 744 pulled up off the end of the runway. Well worth a possible ticket driving so fast to get there.

But now all I see is contrails...

Sean

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