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More Plane Watching

Thu Apr 01, 1999 11:19 am

The best airport I've been to & gotten a good view of the runways is MIA (especially Rwy 27L/9R). 2nd best was Washington National. Other opinions? What do some of you think are the best airports in America where a person can get close to the runways or taxiways to watch or photograph???
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RE: More Plane Watching

Thu Apr 01, 1999 12:34 pm

Inside the terminal at LAX (Los Angeles, CA) is good, especially terminals one and two (go down to the end; there's a good view of the beginning of runways 24L and 24R.

Also good is HNL (Honolulu, HI), inside terminal there are some breezeways that are open air without glass windows that are nice. Hilo, HI (ITO) doesn't get much interesting traffic (mostly Hawaiian and Aloha) but I've scouted out a really nice spot where you could watch planes come in.

RE: More Plane Watching

Fri Apr 02, 1999 2:25 am

Well I don't really know what the "best" airports to watch aircraft are... but I can say this,
Ever since i was little my father always brought me to JFK(Kennedy I'tl), yes at rush hour this airport is "crazy"...with people all over the place.
Instead of entering the airport he would bring me to the neigborhood under the final approach path to runway 22R, we would stand along the fence wich is right before the start of the runway.

To this day I still enjoy spotting along that fence-
It is alot of fun especially to be under a 747 or a Concorde wich is only a few feet above you about to land!
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RE: More Plane Watching

Fri Apr 02, 1999 3:31 am

At peak times, I found that Louisville International Airport (SDF) is a great airport to be viewing airplanes. Although traffic can be dull, when you get to the airport at the right time, it is amazing. The big boy in town is UPS, which has their international operation here at SDF. Two new parallel runways were added within the last four years and since expansion around the airfield was almost impossible, all of the infrastructure (i.e. roads, buildings, etc.) was squeezed together within the boundaries permitted. Which means that the airport boundary line runs right next to roads surrounding the airport. As mentioned before, the airplanes coming into Louisville can not be compared to what we find at JFK or LAX, but most of the time we have four or five UPS 747s, several 767s and many more sitting on the ground ready to go. Unfortunally, commercialy the biggest jets are Delta's 727s, except during Kentucky Derby, when we find Delta using 757 equipment. The starting points of runways 35R and 35L can be viewed from less than 200 feet, and seeing a 747 that close is amazing.
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RE: More Plane Watching

Fri Apr 02, 1999 5:56 am

Try San Juan P.R.

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