Airplanelover
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Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 12:31 am

I am going to Washington D.C. next week and I wanted to know how to get to Gravely Point. I will be staying in Alexandria, VA. I hear Gravely Point has very good plane spotting. Does Gravely Point have an address?

Is there any good plane spotting areas in the D.C. area?
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Ironminds
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RE: Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 12:42 am

Are you referring to the place at the end of the runway at National? I think it's pretty easy to get to, just drive along the parkway heading towards town from the airport and you'll get there.

There's a lot of really good planespotting in DC b/c of the flight paths for DCA, which unfortunately is too small to take any heavy metal. But, hell, you can hang out at the waterfront in Georgetown, have cocktails at Sequoia or one of the other places, and just watch the 727s go by.

Dulles, the bigger airport, is way the hell out in Virginia, but I remember once playing golf near there and seeing several 747s overhead, albeit at pretty good altitudes. It was the time of day when a lot of international flights get in.

Hope this helps.
 
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RE: Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 12:59 am

You have to get into the airport and make an exit. Gravely Point should be the first exit off the GW parkway on your right. Have fun
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RE: Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 1:01 am

You can walk to Gravelly point from the DCA metro station. Just follow the same directions as above and you will wind up there soon enough - its about a 12 minute walk.
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OPNLguy
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RE: Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 1:04 am

Great spotting site... As mentioned, just north of the airport itself...

http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=Tmap&addr=DCA&city=Washington&state=DC&slt=38.849201&sln=-77.047401&mlt=38.862300&mln=-77.041000&zip=&country=us&BFKey=&BFCat=&BFClient=&mag=10&cs=9&name=Washington+National+Airport&desc=&off=n&poititle=&poi=

Found some driving directions to a rugby field there, but the simpliest thing to do might be to take hotel/shuttle transportation back to the airport (even the Metro) and just walk to Gravely from there...

If the winds are frm the south, you'l get aircraft yanking and banking down the "River Visual" approach, and if they're on a north flow, you'll get departures right off the end of the runway...

http://www.pacrugby.com/gamefields.htm#GRAVELDIR
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Airplanelover
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RE: Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 2:52 am

Thanks that is a big help! I will be looking into it!!
 
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RE: Gravely Point

Sat Jul 21, 2001 8:52 am

you can however walk to Gravelly Point from the terminal. Gravelly Point does not have an address. It's just a big open field and a parking lot where people play sports, bike riding, jogging, rollerblading, spotting, and fishing. You can get ride under the planes and hear the vortices while they're landing.

When you planning on coming to DCA?

Kevin/DCA
 
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RE: Gravely Point

Sun Jul 22, 2001 10:25 am

Probably Sunday or Monday
 
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RE: Gravely Point

Sun Jul 22, 2001 12:28 pm

i admire the pilots who fly ILS approaches to runway 19 with gusting crosswinds...especially the 757 pilots..
 
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RE: Gravely Point

Sun Jul 22, 2001 12:54 pm

Just one word of advice... take care of any 'physiological necessities' before you go because the Porta-pottys at the park are not a pleasant experience.
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