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US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:00 pm

I am going on spring holiday and was wondering where America's best spotting airport was. Any info would be useful.
 
Go3Team
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:09 pm

Probably better asked in the Photo section. DCA is nice, if you like them flying over you, and you can handle a bunch of RJs, 737s, and A32X.
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:13 pm

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
Probably better asked in the Photo section. DCA is nice, if you like them flying over you, and you can handle a bunch of RJs, 737s, and A32X

Agreed. Don't forget the occasional 757. The best is when they are landing on 19. I'm usually out there a few times a week.
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:13 pm

Any LAX spotters would say the In N' Out right outside of the airport. There's a hillside that overlooks one side of the airport as well (I'm going off memory and what other posters have said; I've never been to California myself).
Just look the through the database of photos taken at LAX. You'll see what I mean.

[Edited 2007-01-06 04:14:47]
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:25 pm

Well if you like CO (IAH) and WN (HOU) birds, then Houston is your city. HAS (Houston Airports System) is very open to photographers and spotters alike. Check the photo DB for proof as well as this site,

http://www.houstonspotters.net/

They cover all Houston area airports and is highly detailed

Thomas

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JewPilot
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:29 pm

I'd say O'Hare. It gets planes from across the Pacific and the Atlantic. Some airlines you might see are:

Lufthansa, SAS, BA, JAL, Iberia, Turkish Airlines, Swiss,

along with AA and UA heavies. Cargo Airlines are a big part of the traffic there also, with carriers such as

FedEx, China Airlines Cargo, UPS, NWA Cargo Airlines, Air France Cargo, Atlas Air Cargo etc.

My grandmother has a condo 10 miles north-east of O'Hare. My early afternoon activities there usually consist of watching tv, and sitting on her porch, watching the International heavies come in. There are various hotels, including a Marriot in the center of O'Hare, and other great spotting locations nearby. Also, if you happen to be in Chicago on a very nice, sunny day, you can clearly see O'Hare form both the Sears Tower, and the John Hancock Tower; a very cool experience. Well, wherever your trip takes you, happy spotting!!

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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:50 pm

Its a long way to travel but if you make it try HNL. I'm not sure what the runway number is just outside the perimeter of the airport next to fence line there are one or two flight schools and some aircraft parts stores or aircraft repair shops which offer fantastic spotting. The ocean is on on one side of you and the runway on the other. I want to say its the Diamond Head approach.

All kinds of aircraft from the U.S mainland, Asia and South Pacific land at HNL. Its was neat to see a 747 flying directly over you at a 1000 feet, and a few seconds later see it see the rear wheels touch the runway. An additional treat, HNL shares its runway with Hickam AFB, occasionally the large U.S. Air Force C5A Galaxy aircraft will land or take off.

If you have a laptop with wifi you can use flightaware.com to track arrivals and actually look for them as they approach the HNL airport, and get a suntan to boot.

For noise abatement HNL does change often, the runways they bring arrivals in on.
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:12 pm

Quoting GentFromAlaska (Reply 6):
Its a long way to travel but if you make it try HNL. I'm not sure what the runway number is just outside the perimeter of the airport next to fence line there are one or two flight schools and some aircraft parts stores or aircraft repair shops which offer fantastic spotting. The ocean is on on one side of you and the runway on the other. I want to say its the Diamond Head approach.

The best spot at HNL is the golf course at Hickam AFB. Nothing like trying to putt and having an Aloha 737-200 or Delta 767-400 or a United 777 taxi by less than a hundred yards away.  bigthumbsup 
A couple of the holes run right along the side the little "lake" on the northside of 8R. Perfect for watching departures. And when I played there, it happened to be evening so I got to see quite a few of the widebody departures heading back to the mailine.  biggrin 
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SiouxATC
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:19 pm

I would pick LAX, or ANC.

LAX: In-N-Out is great. its just northeast of the airport, on Sepulveda BLVD. You'll see everything, airlines from all corners of the globe. It is awesome.

ANC: Pt. Worzenof? (sp.), earthquake park? Its also an awesome place to see the northern lights over Anchorage. I was there a couple of times and loved it, I didnt get bugged by the cops at all. I have never seen so many cargo heavies, mostly from Asia. It was great. I remember watching a NW 747F with a bald eagle on the tree a couple yards away from me, that took the cake for my fav. spotting location of all time. Even over AMS.

Just my $.02. Wherever you decide have a great time, it is the best hobby.
 
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:37 pm

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 7):
The best spot at HNL is the golf course at Hickam AFB.

A civilian most likely wound not have credentials to gain entry onto the AFB. Its been a few years but I recall being at or near the spot you describe.

Are you claiming any lost golf balls or holes in one courtesy of aircraft engine jet wash.  laughing 
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:10 pm

Quoting GentFromAlaska (Reply 9):
Are you claiming any lost golf balls or holes in one courtesy of aircraft engine jet wash.

I actually played pretty well that day.  biggrin  No hole-in-one's though. (In fact, I've yet to have a hole-in-one. Come close a couple times, but that's all beside the point)
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:13 pm

Quoting SiouxATC (Reply 8):
ANC: Pt. Worzenof? (sp.), earthquake park?

ANC is a pretty good one for sure. I am not sure which would be best. But ANC at Pt. Wornzof is good, earthquake park is there. But also Kinkaid Park has some good spotting of planes coming in to land from the west on 9R&L, as well as Connors lake to the east of the airport.
Can spot tons of heavies, but also lake hood is basically on the same campus and is the busiest float plane base in the world. From Pt Wornzof one can also spot a few F-15s and other military cargo planes coming in and out of Elmendorf AFB that is also nearby.
 
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:47 am

LAX for the variety.

If you don't mind just run of the mill domestic stuff then DCA or LGA.
 
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RE: US Spotters Paradise

Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:00 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 3):
Any LAX spotters would say the In N' Out right outside of the airport. There's a hillside that overlooks one side of the airport as well (I'm going off memory and what other posters have said; I've never been to California myself).
Just look the through the database of photos taken at LAX. You'll see what I mean.

In-N-Out on Sepulveda @ LAX grows a little bit tiring. But it's still the coolest hang out spot where you're not going to get harassed by the police/authorities.  Smile

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