As some of you might know, LGB
is working on runway 30. All though the actual runway construction is finished I believed, they have been having to shut off the ILS system for some reason.
Anyways, last sunday I heard a jet aircraft roar over my house (I am under 25L glidepath) so I tuned the ATIS on my scanner and they said that 25L and 25R were in use due to lighting failures on 30.
So like any other enthusiast I got extremely giddy, and ran over to Lakewood Blvd, smack perpindicular to 25R and extremely close to the runway.
Keep in mind this was un-scheduled, and usually cargo ops were cancelled on the 30 construction days. So im standing there like an idiot under 25R with my camera and scanner as an Airborne Express 767 taxies into position. I then realized that the blast from the engines has to go somewhere. They put on there brakes and revved the engines to full thrust. Then I felt and smelled the warm blast of the engine...
...I've never been in a wind so strong. There is so much loose dirt and gravel at the end of 25R, that all of it was blown horizontally across lakewood blvd. You could not see ANYTHING! thats how bad it was. Cars stopped cause they didnt know what was going on and they couldnt see. The trees were bending over, looked like they were about to snap.
Then it was over, I was just standing there like a fool covered in dirt, i had dirt in my mouth and in my eyes, down my shirt, in my shoes. My legs scratched from pebbles. A normal person would have been saying, "Im going to get the hell out of here" but as an "enthusiast" I acted just like a kid getting off a rollercoaster, "LETS GO AGAIN! LETS GO AGAIN!!!"...sooo i waited and I waited, a CRJ-900 departed, a light breeze was felt.
So I went home and showered. Truely amazing, I believe 25R is as close (or closer) to Lakewood Blvd as SXM
is close to the beach.