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Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:32 am

I'm planning a trip to SEA. Anyone know of some prime-time places for spotting?
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:33 am

I like the industrial park just North of the runway. Great views for arrivals and decent views for departures.
 
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:40 am

I've never done any spotting at SEA. The airport is in a horrible position to get pictures since it is elevated over much of the surrounding area and also the weather precludes good photography quite often. If you want to have some fun, you can go to BFI, as they have some really interesting liveries with new 737s.
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:47 am

There's a little "park" directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center on the north side of the airport. It's right next to the employee parking lot.

As a caution, though, the airport police has a tendency to patrol that area now. But I see on a.net that people are still taking pictures there. It's a great place to take landing pictures if the winds are out of the south.
 
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:59 am

Cool, I'll have a look for the park. Thanks for the info!
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:10 pm

When are you coming?
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:18 pm

This is a little odd, but worth the trip. The top of the Columbia tower, the tallest building in Seattle actually has pretty good spotting especially when planes are on approach to 16L/16R. It costs 5.00 but it's totally worth it to be that "close" to the planes and for the awesome views, you can even see Sea-Tac on a clear day.
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:50 pm

Quoting We're Nuts (Reply 5):
When are you coming?

I should be there in the latter half of June. Going to check out the Boeing plant aswell.

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 6):
The top of the Columbia tower

That sounds like an awesome idea. I remember being on top of the space needle the last time I was in town and getting a pretty good view of some planes coming in through the scopes they have up there. The BA 744 extending its gear on final was a treat.
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:00 pm

Yea man, enjoy the spotting! After that go downstairs to the food court and get any cookie from Specialty's, they will make you weak in the knees.
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:36 pm

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 8):
After that go downstairs to the food court and get any cookie from Specialty's, they will make you weak in the knees

Thanks. Are they really that good? What else is good to see in SEA?
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:49 pm

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 6):
This is a little odd, but worth the trip. The top of the Columbia tower, the tallest building in Seattle actually has pretty good spotting especially when planes are on approach to 16L/16R. It costs 5.00 but it's totally worth it to be that "close" to the planes and for the awesome views, you can even see Sea-Tac on a clear day.

Good tip!

As an aside, I'm usually found "trackside" and not generally out shooting planes, but I've found that summer evenings at (okay, what is it...) Dash Point State Park, on Puget Sound near Des Moines, offers some good views of flights landing at SeaTac from the South. Nice lighting at that time of day looking to the east. Probably other locations in that area - i just haven't really explored around over there.

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Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:25 pm

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Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:46 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
There's a little "park" directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center on the north side of the airport. It's right next to the employee parking lot.

As a caution, though, the airport police has a tendency to patrol that area now.

 checkmark  yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 12):
yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.

That's true. But people hang out there anyway. Some even have picnics out there when it's somewhat warm.
 
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:54 am

Depends on what your into, Seattle has a lot to offer. Yes Specialty's is that good, they make everything from scratch and use Organic ingredients, if you can get anything warm go for it. Anyway to not go too far off topic another spotting area on a nice day is Saltwater State park, they have some good views if planes are landing on 34R/34L from the beach. Check out the Museum of Flight as well we have a Concorde! Not sure how old you are but the bars in Pioneer Square are pretty cool, there are some that are 18 and up.
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:00 am

I like the central terminal where you can sit down, have a cappucino, etc. and stare out of the GIANT glass window and watch the planes takeoff and land. Very nice. I am hoping to move out to that area in the next few months  Smile
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:33 am

Quoting PlanesNTrains (Reply 10):
As an aside, I'm usually found "trackside" and not generally out shooting planes, but I've found that summer evenings at (okay, what is it...) Dash Point State Park, on Puget Sound near Des Moines,

Oops. DC10 got it right (below) - it's Saltwater [Beach] State Park.

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 14):
Anyway to not go too far off topic another spotting area on a nice day is Saltwater State park,

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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Fri Jun 02, 2006 12:07 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 12):
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
There's a little "park" directly across the street from the Boeing Spares Center on the north side of the airport. It's right next to the employee parking lot.

As a caution, though, the airport police has a tendency to patrol that area now.

yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.

I've never been hassled there - have spent many afternoons there with my camera and not once did anyone say a word to me. We even had the Seattle a.net meet there last summer - had about a dozen of us, big picnic, the whole works. Only time we got a visit from the police was to ask that a few of us move our cars that were parked illegally.
 
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Fri Jun 02, 2006 12:32 pm

Quoting YZFOO7F (Reply 9):
Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 8):
After that go downstairs to the food court and get any cookie from Specialty's, they will make you weak in the knees

Thanks. Are they really that good?

Very definitely...they're not from Seattle, though...from SF.

I go to school just up the hill from downtown, at Seattle University, and standing in the open area in front of Piggott Hall offers some great views when 16L/R are being used. On my way up to class, I have seen the SAS A343 making its final turn to KSEA, and the FedEx DC-10 on many occaisions around 5pm.
 
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:13 am

Quoting ER757 (Reply 17):
yeah, the Port of Seattle police patrols there frequently. They CAN be anal at times.... And its not really a park at all.

I've never been hassled there - have spent many afternoons there with my camera and not once did anyone say a word to me. We even had the Seattle a.net meet there last summer - had about a dozen of us, big picnic, the whole works. Only time we got a visit from the police was to ask that a few of us move our cars that were parked illegally.

I have been "ID-ed" there just once, but I think that was because there was some trash (not mine) dumped behind my car. I have also seen a Port cop hassle a motorbike rider for no apparent reason - he was just watching the planes. Like most places it's a question of which  butthead hole is on duty that day.

Recently they have put up signs ("do not leave vehicles unattended") which seems to suggest they have grudgingly accepted this location as a (poor) replacement for Viewpoint Park  crying 
 
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RE: Spotting In Seattle

Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:22 am

When I was there in September 2004, you could get a discounted ticket book that had admissions to a number of Seattle attractions, including the Museum of Flight (by BFI), the Space Needle, the Aquarium and other attractions all for less than the total of individual tickets.
The road that parrelles SEA to the East may offer some views too, especially on take offs, there a number of motels/hotels too so you can spot from their parking lots or even your room without any police hassle.

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