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Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From NGO!

Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:47 pm

Which significantly large airport has the closest observation deck to a runway? Haven't been everywhere so I can't say with certainty but as far as Asia is concerned it would have to be NGO. Some evidence from the past week at Centrair:

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852064/original.jpg

back to Taipei, so..."bye-bye Kitty"

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72986708/original.jpg

wings flexing mightily, NW 72 makes another heavy departure for Detroit

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72986707/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852001/original.jpg

one of ANK's many sorties clears the runway

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852003/large.jpg

JA707J offers a pleasing study of her sleek shape after arriving from CDG

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852010/original.jpg

This 737-83A was operating the afternoon service to PEK

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852014/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852016/large.jpg

Skydeck view!

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852019/original.jpg

very early rotation for B-2317 on her way to PVG

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852026/original.jpg

the 1500 block is always busy on the domestic side

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852033/original.jpg

all this for a 767 going to Sapporo

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852038/original.jpg

the loudest member of the JAL fleet makes her way to runway 36

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852039/original.jpg

turboprop vs. turboprop

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852040/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852048/large.jpg

Gulfstream belonging to Toyota USA - must have been in town for meetings with the Japanese boss

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852063/original.jpg

JA8083 blasting off runway 36 for Okinawa

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852041/large.jpg

CX536 arrives from HKG and gracefully makes her turn for the terminal

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852045/original.jpg

Big Boeing vs. Baby Bus

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852051/original.jpg

the Baby Bus is off to Shenzhen

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852052/large.jpg

another 737-781 returns to base

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852050/original.jpg

followed by a 767-381 still wearing her domestic-only titles arriving from OKA

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852055/original.jpg

another gorgeous but frigid evening comes to a close on Ise Bay

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852068/large.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852060/large.jpg

and a few stragglers from a couple days later...

OZ 122 is off runway 36 featuring another special livery

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887931/original.jpg

JO 83 arrives from HNL on time for once!

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887934/original.jpg

semi wide angle showing 18/36's proximity

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72852066/large.jpg

N782UA making her way to runway 36 showing the 777's great lines

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887935/original.jpg

off on her way back to SFO as UA 830

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887936/original.jpg

another lovely A345 touchdown as EK 314 arrives from DXB

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887941/original.jpg

this is heaven

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887937/original.jpg

so long from Centrair!

http://www.pbase.com/cityflyer/image/72887951/large.jpg
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Sun Jan 14, 2007 2:36 pm

Thank's for the amazing pics! That is a really cool observation deck. Too bad there isn't anything like that in the greater LA area...
 
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:59 pm

I'm no screener, but I'd love to see some of those pictures in the database. As for the question at hand...I know of none. They've sort of been disappearing around the US, though I know Founder's Plaza at DFW WAS very close. However, it has closed and is in the process of moving.
 
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Sun Jan 14, 2007 4:52 pm

NGO's my home airport. It's just as nice inside and it is outside.

You could get REALLY close at the runway at the old Nagoya airport in Komaki (RJNN?)

Here's a 757? 767? going by, as I stood at the fence:

Here's how close one could get:


Don't want to hijack the thread from Aaron747 though, nice pics! Big grin
 
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:42 pm

Great pics from Komaki TP! Actually, that first pic is a DC-10-40  Wink
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:32 pm

Superb shots !
Reminds me that I really should pay a visit to Japan's airports in the coming years ...

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Which significantly large airport has the closest observation deck to a runway?

DUS comes to my mind (if this makes it to the category of "major"), where there is a Observation Desk at the turning point to runway 23L. This one is part of the mainline railway station, and offers an enclosed area plus a balcony.

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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:18 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):

Superb set of photos Aaron  bigthumbsup ! Please upload them!

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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:52 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
Great pics from Komaki TP! Actually, that first pic is a DC-10-40  

Ah, right. I knew that  blush 

That reminds me that I should go back .. to both airports.
 
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:28 am

ZRH comes to my mind:


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DUS isn't too bad either with also only one taxiway separating the Runway from the viewing deck.

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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:52 am

MSP's deck isn't far from 30R/12L, which unfortunately doesn't get the 747s which use 30L/12R. But still worth a try. Good views of pushbacks on the C and E concourses also.
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:05 pm

Christchurch (CHC) runway is very close to the observation deck. At CHC you have a good clear view of the passenger side of the airport, apart from a small area of the terminal which blocks a part of the runway view
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RE: Closest Observation Deck To Runway? Pics From

Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:36 pm

You can get pretty close at MAN judging by some of the pics in the database but I've never been so dont know for sure.

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