One of my fond memories from LAX
are due to those winds. A few years back (early 2000 I think), we were flying back from HKG
. The winds were gusting from the east, but we still landed from the east. Anyway, the plane was just getting buffeted really badly and when we reached the runway, a sudden gust or something must have hit the plane cause we just got slammed into the ground. The F/A said that it was one of the hardest landings that he had ever experienced (Given how much our heavy 744 was shaking, I felt sorry for my friend who was flying the next day into LAX
on an EMB-120). Anyway, when we went to take off again, we proceeded out to 25L and the pilot announced that we were 8th or 9th in line. After 4 take offs, they suddenly stopped and no word was given for about 15 minutes until the pilot announced that winds had kicked up from the east and the airport was stopping ops temporarily. After another 15 minutes, the pilot announced that the airport was turning things around and I watched as all the planes in front of us taxied by us on the runway to head to the other end. Then, we just sat there for about 10 minutes...then turned into that main. area just east of the terminals (could see about 15 planes behind us) and sat there for 30-40 minutes. When we finally moved again, all the other planes were gone and we were told to taxi to 6R at the other corner of the airport. Anyway, after waiting again out by the distant int'l gates, we finally took off about 2.5 hours late. We got to DEN
just late enough to miss our flight to DSM
and were to wait 5 hours for the evening flight (at 9PM). Unfortunately, a storm front moved in and started dumping snow in the area and after many delays, we did not get out of Denver until 1AM. Kind of sucked, but it gave me plenty of time to watch planes. On the plus side, we were stranded in the terminal instead of on a plane.
If you are on the right hand side of the plane, you should get a nice view. If you are flying in from Houston (listed on your profile) or the east, you will get a nice view of the entire north side of the Los Angeles basin. You should get to see the areas all the way in the east like Pamona, Ontario, Claremont, etc. You should fly just south of the Ontario Airport and will get a great view. I also like to look for the Pamona-Pitzer and Claremont-McKenna-Mudd-Scripps college area because I when I played football at my undergrad in Iowa, we scheduled a game with the latter and played out there every other year. Anyway, continuing on, you have more of the city and as you get closer to downtown LA
, you should be able to see the Rose Bowl and I think the Colliseum and downtown as well. I assume that you can see USC, but I never figured out which part it is....The Irish will beat USC next week!... What airline are you flying? Generally, UA
, and DL
land on the southern runways (25L/R) and NW
, and US land on the northern runways (24L/R) due to their locations on the airport. Unfortunately, on 25 L/R most aircraft exit the runway before you get a decent view of the TBIT and the int'l widebodies.
On a related note, can anyone tell me what the view is like from the left hand side of the aircraft? I have been into LAX
only about 5-6 times, and I have always been on the right hand side. Can you see SNA
? Are they too far away? I know that SNA
is like 40 or so miles, so perhaps. Do you guys think that the view is better on the left or right side? I am flying in there tomorrow on UA
, and I have a window on the right side. Should I try to switch to the left?