"If any of you could get an aerial shot of the terminal complex while taking off or landing, that would be a good addition to the database. The database has a number of aerials of the whole airfield. But unlike the NYC airports there aren't any detailed low-altitude overviews of just the terminal buildings. "
That would be virtually impossible, regrettably, owing to the runways usage...most takeoffs are on 27L and the rotation point on 27L is well past the terminals followed by the immediate noise abatement turn to the left away from the terminals as well, and on landings at 27R aircraft are usually touching down just before the start of the terminals...conversely, when the 9's are in use, a 9L
takeoff means the aircraft are rotating somewheres close to the terminal and aircraft approaching 9R
are nowheres near the terminal on arrival...so such a shot would be difficult to get...if your arriving to PHL
from the west and the 27's are in use, the usual approach path takes you about 10 miles north of the airport or so, just north of Center City, and at that point you can see the airport pretty good but its still kinda far...I do have a shot on another site demonstrating such a view...