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Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:21 am

I notice that Rikers Island is perfectly located at the end of both runways 31 and 4 at Laguardia.


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While it may not be the greatest place for spotting heavies, you would think that at least some cells have a pretty good view of the action. Are there any other prisons that have good proximity to airports? Is Rikers the best place for an aviation enthusiast to be encarcerated?

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:35 am

The Changi prison in Singapore offers nice views as well: Big grin


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My seat neighbor on a SIN-FRA flight once showed me that the prison is located directly next to the airport.

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:42 am

What's next, "Best Hospital For Spotting," or "Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:45 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting

There is a good one at BRU, fellow A.net member Sabena 690 and myself spent a while there to watch the approaching traffic a few years ago. 

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:47 am

"Best Cemetery For Spotting"

There's one right next to EWR (bottom right corner, the white field) Big grin


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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:47 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3):
There is a good one at BRU, fellow A.net member Sabena 690 and myself spent a while there to watch the approaching traffic a few years ago

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:53 am

My local airport, TRI, has a cemetary on the airport property.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:58 am

the federal prison at VCV might offer some views, but I have never done a federal stretch so I cant say for certain Big grin
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:01 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
The Changi prison in Singapore offers nice views as well:

I think the Singapore prison wins hands down! It even shares the name of the airport. Tons of heavies, and it looks like a great vantage point. Counting down the days until your flogging/caning wouldn't be so bad if you get to watch 744s all day (not to mention being the first to see the A380).

Has anyone here been locked up in any of these places? Do the guards allow binoculars?
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:14 am

There is also a prison at the end of thr runway in OMA
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:33 am

"La Joyita" prison is just on the departure en of runway 3R at Tocumen in Panama City so you get to see all of the copa 737 airplanes taking off, plus a few heavies every once in a while.

Just one "tiny" problem, "La Joyita" is probably one of the worst places in Panama, thats the place where you lock the worst offenders and throw away the key. And lets just say living standarts are up to par with latin american prisons.
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:35 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting

Northwest corner of SEA.
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:07 am

If one looks to the west from the Deer Island Correctional Facility in Winthrop, MA; they'll get a good view of BOS.


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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:09 am

There's a prison in very close proximity to AMA as well.
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:09 am

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Best Cemetery For Spotting

There is one with nice view of ATL located in College Park Ga. I use to joke with my family about burying me there. As if I would really know it.  Wow!
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:18 am

Actually isn't there one very large cemetery right under the finals at LGA's 4?
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:31 am

The airport that serves the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands (actually on Beef Island and connected by a bridge) also has the main prision for the BVI. Problem is that all you get to see are biz jets, AA's ATR-42's and other turboprop commercial a/c's and General aircraft.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:42 am

Well, ZRH - that building behind the right wing - would be nice ....

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:23 am

this has got to be the most random thread...

i love it!
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:44 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
"Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?

Changi would qualify for both "best prison" and "best cemetery". As far as I understand, they hang people at Changi (and quite a few they do...) and bury them in a remote corner of Changi prison afterwards.

Quoting Loyal2UA (Reply 18):
this has got to be the most random thread..

Indeed.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 6:56 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
"Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?

There's one on approach to PIT as well, on 32 I believe but don't hold me to it... I don't pay too much attention to the cemetaries under me.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:11 am

Quoting Loyal2UA (Reply 18):
this has got to be the most random thread...

........and a good one too! No bitching! Styal prison is very close to MAN, unfortunately (for me) its a female prison so If I commit a serious crime I better get booked in for the operation............
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:20 am

Steve, wasn't complaining. I was laughing hysterically in my office.... like i said before.

This has got to be the most random thread...

I love it.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:23 am

Loyal2UA,

I knew you weren't complaining, I've been laughing too!
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:47 am

The immigration detention centre at LGW aint too bad, there's a nice grassy spot in front but the fence blocks the view. Up in the centre u look straight onto the runway!

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:46 am

There a prison across the tarmac from HNL inter-island terminal. It is reight next to AQ and HA's maintenance facilities as well, and would have excellent views of the traffic on 8R and 8L.

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:56 am

Uh.. Ok, While some of you may be planning on going to prison and knowing which ones to ask the judge for, I would hate to be at a funeral service honoring a loved one when an 767 flies overhead with the roaring CF6s.

May I recommend the Airport... Some have a nice holding cell, and if you ask for a window cell, it might provide a nice view.
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:06 am

There's not only a cemetary at Sea-Tac, but also a federal prison just south of the runway. The cells on the western side of the building must have excellent views of the traffic when arriving from south. I tried to do some shooting from their parking lot once, but for some reason, they chased me away ...
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:43 am

Quoting Loyal2UA (Reply 22):
This has got to be the most random thread...

I started this thread partly to make people laugh, but it is also part serious. How bad could jail be if all you do is watch large planes land all day? I would just make a giant list of all aircraft that land during my sentence.

One thing that has become apparent in this thread is there are obviously a lot of prisons near airports. I'm sure one reason there are so many prisons located close to airports is the general public considers the roar of aircraft to be a nuisance, so the land is undesirable. For any of us though... would it really be punishment?
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:57 am

At least airports or prisons near airports means a lot fewer problems about NIMBY's  biggrin 
There is also a New Jersey State Prison just short distance north of EWR, great for seeing traffic arriving from the north or taking off into the north, depending on your cell window position.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:59 am

You can't do much better than Ashford Hospital in Middlesex, roughly half a mile south of 27L at LHR!

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:05 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting

The small cemetary under the approach to 4R at ORD probably deserves a mention... until Mayor Daley has it moved so he can build 10R-28L.
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:20 am

There is a massive cemetary across the railroad tracks from the BUR. I would guess that you can see the aircraft flying overhead from it.

The solution, obviously, is a coffin with a transparent lid, which could be placed in a glass-roofed mausoleum. Then you could spot for all eternity, just so long as the caretakers kept the roof clean...  Wink

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:24 am

I can think of two GA airports that have prisons nearby...Boulder Municipal Airport in Colorado has the Boulder County Jail right across the street, and Perkiomen Valley Airport in the PHL suburbs has the Graterford State Prison in very close proximity...

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:40 am

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 26):
I would hate to be at a funeral service honoring a loved one when an 767 flies overhead with the roaring CF6s.


On the other hand, I would love to have the constant roar of jets over my own funeral service! Big grin
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:55 am

Considering the attitude many authorities have toward spotters, the proximity of airports to prisons may be more than a merely theoretical discussion before long  Sad
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:16 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 12):
If one looks to the west from the Deer Island Correctional Facility in Winthrop, MA; they'll get a good view of BOS.

It's closed now I believe. But if you go to Deer Island you can see planes landing/taking of on 9/27 or on 15/33 R/L. I've been there a couple of times.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:17 am

Franklin Field, 20 miles south of Sacramento has a prison on-site. The something-something correctional institution. While heavies are a rarity at Franklin Field, the inmates can watch student pilots practice landing all day long in Cessnas. In some ways, more interesting than watching heavies fly in all day. The heavies fly a predictable path. I've seen some hairy landings at Franklin. Ha.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:34 am

Quoting Jepstein (Reply 36):
It's closed now I believe. But if you go to Deer Island you can see planes landing/taking of on 9/27 or on 15/33 R/L. I've been there a couple of times.

As an inmate?



Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
What's next, "Best Hospital For Spotting,"

As for best hospital, I spend a few weeks in Alaska Regional Hospital and it overlooks Merril Field one of the busiest small plane airports in the country and also in close proximity to Elmendorf AFB and I watched the C-5s and awacs coming and going. But the real treat was watching the F-15s play around. What id give to have the controls in one of those 15s for a few mins
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:09 pm

Ohh...MSP has a great cemetery to spot airplanes overlooking 30L/12R. I would recommend anyone who goes to MSP to check it out!


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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:33 pm

Best Prison for Spotting? Is Scotty getting transfered to a prision of his choice?  Silly
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:36 pm

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting" ?

Waverley Cemetery in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is right on the coast, and perfect to watch the approach.

There is a small reserve beside it, and there is nothing better than watching the planes approach in the avo with a bottle of wine, then the sky turning for sunset. Must bring camera next time to show you guys.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:00 pm

What about Alcatraz and SFO. I don't know the relation between the two. Are they not close to each other? Yes I know Alcatraz is a tourist trap now. But before that?
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:18 pm

How about a panoramic view of good ol' Miami International Airport?

..from the prison in the intersection of NW 36st and 72nd avenue, which should offer pretty good eye-level views of runway 12 arrivals ; )
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:30 pm

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
est Hospital For Spotting

Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, Upper Darby outside of PHL.

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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 1:30 pm

Quoting N317AS (Reply 42):
What about Alcatraz and SFO

I was in SFO 2 weeks ago and was on Alcatraz. SFO is a full 15miles away Its not really close, you can see aircraft in the distance, but nothing real close I noticed. I was in the fishermans warf area for 5 days and I heard lots of helos and small craft, but I cant recall hearing a single airliner. RGRDS Bushpilot
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:33 pm

Styal women's prison is a couple of miles south of MAN. Can't comment on any views though.
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:36 pm

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 31):

The small cemetary under the approach to 4R at ORD probably deserves a mention... until Mayor Daley has it moved so he can build 10R-28L.

That cemetary is not under 4R/22L but more like 9R/27L, I was just there about a week ago.
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:35 pm

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 2):
Best Cemetery For Spotting"

Dublin pretty good on rwy 26 (or is it 27?) - the westerly one!!!
 
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RE: Best Prison For Spotting?

Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:56 pm

Quoting PROSA (Reply 35):
Considering the attitude many authorities have toward spotters, the proximity of airports to prisons may be more than a merely theoretical discussion before long

I was waiting for someone to come up with this angle.

Also given the number of threads about "spotting is now illegal", wouldn't it be ironic if the offender was thrown in a prison that was great for spotting? I guess the punishment part would be that cameras and binoculars are not allowed!

Quoting Cbphoto (Reply 39):
Ohh...MSP has a great cemetery to spot airplanes overlooking 30L/12R. I would recommend anyone who goes to MSP to check it out!

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