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Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Sun May 27, 2012 10:59 pm

Hi!

While not really a true planespotter (I don't really take the regs) I do go to a lot of airports to look at the airport and watch planes. This can be big ones like Heathrow and Gatwick and Zurich or small ones. My question is what's the most out of the way airport you've visited just to see the airport and watch planes or take photos or whatever? Mine would be Lydd in Kent in England. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere in this area of marshland. It took me about 2 hours driving to get there but yes it was worth it!

http://www.lydd-airport.co.uk/

Any thoughts and stories welcome!

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Pierre
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Mon May 28, 2012 3:03 am

Well, here in SoCal we have two airports—MHV and VCV—that are packed with stored airplanes and in the middle of nowhere. I've been to both; I did not go just for the airport, but it was relatively on the way to where I was going; a slight deviation. Well worth it.
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Mon May 28, 2012 7:37 pm

Hi!

That's cool. I think I've seen those airports in movies like "Terminal Velocity" and stuff from the 90s. Just as an aside there's a guy in the UK who got into visiting navaids. He even made a website about it and has been to far more out there places than me!

http://www.trevord.com/navaids/

Many thanks,

Pierre
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Tue May 29, 2012 5:00 am

I live in Alaska and have been to some pretty remote strips. Beluga, Nondalton, Seldovia, Craig SPB etc.

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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Tue May 29, 2012 11:13 am

Some little Icelandic airports such as Selfoss, Vestmannaeyjar, Stykkisholmur and Bildudalur. Some of these only have maybe 1 Cessna flight a day!
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Wed May 30, 2012 6:57 pm

I've been to MXE,that's in the middle of nowhere.
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Thu May 31, 2012 1:06 am

I'd say my most out-of-the-way have to be Fryeburg, Maine, Twentynine Palms, California and Thermal, California (I actually have a photo in the database from the latter.) Also San Bernardino, which while not exactly out-of-the-way is typically almost completely empty.
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Thu May 31, 2012 3:02 pm

Telluride, Colorado (KTEX)
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Thu May 31, 2012 5:26 pm

I don't know if this fully qualifies, but I planned my honeymoon cruise completely around one stop in Saint Maarten to see the famous Maho Beach. The cruise terminal is on the other side of the island and it took some convincing to get a taxi to take us there. Loved every moment of it, dying to go back.
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Thu May 31, 2012 6:35 pm

Quoting AviRaider (Reply 8):
I planned my honeymoon cruise completely around one stop in Saint Maarten to see the famous Maho Beach.

Just curious, still married?  
A couple of years ago in St. Barths I took a bicycle off of the small cruise ship we were on, and bicycled over to the famous St. Barths airport. I stood on top of the hill and watched the planes dive to the runway. I also stood on the beach at the other end of the runway and watched the planes land both directions.

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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Thu May 31, 2012 7:25 pm

Hi!

Thanks for the replies. People sure have been to some interesting out of the way airports. I would love to go to Telluride for example as it is in FsX and I have flown the "Telluride landing" mission so many times! St.Maarten and St.Barts would be awesome too, not forgetting Grand Case on the other side of the island and Saba!

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Pierre
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:39 am

I can't say I went there to go spotting, but I did go to see the airport. Or should I say intergalactic spaceport?

This is the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport (yes, that's its name):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/miyridian/IMG_1859-1.jpg

It was, apparently, created in 1994 when, in response to NASA stating that Jupiter would be hit by several comets and meteors, the citizens of Green River, Wyoming, decided that the Jovians might want a place to evacuate to before things got ugly.

So far, unsurprisingly, no Jovians have landed there. One would think that if that they happened to show up and discovered that this is what was set up for them, they might decide to try their luck on a different planet.

It does, however, remain open to whatever air traffic wants to land there (and is willing to brave the runway): http://www.airnav.com/airport/48U

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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:39 am

Not counting the usual stuff, like PEK, HK, CPH and so on it's got to be Raadi outside Tartu in Estonia.


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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:20 am

Juliaca in Peru counts?
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:27 pm

Hi!

Many thanks for the further replies. Interesting to hear of these out of the way places.

Quoting Mir (Reply 11):
This is the Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport (yes, that's its name):

Have you heard of the Art Bell radio show from the 90s Coast to Coast AM. It sounds just like something from his show. I'm no planet expert but isn't jupiter made of gases or something? That's wild that some people believe there is life there and that it might come to Earth!

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Pierre
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:19 pm

I spent a day at Kisoro Airport in Uganda during February - interesting little place, saw a dozen or so small aircraft operating out of it when I was there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisoro_Airport

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Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:37 am

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 10):
I would love to go to Telluride

I vacation in Telluride every now and then and am always amazed by its beauty. Here are links to a couple of photos from doing some spotting there. Will be back in September!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jacobs_photography/6189950529/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jacobs_photography/6182366806/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_jacobs_photography/6176952706/
 
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RE: Most Out Of The Way Airport You've Been Spotting?

Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:33 am

I dragged my then partner to EGPU / TRE - Tiree Airport in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland to see the daily Loganair flight from GLA arrive and then depart 40 minutes later (Saab 340) only scheduled movement that day for the airport. We were on a short break there at the time and I refused to leave without spotting there.

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Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:54 pm

Quoting chrisjake (Reply 7):
Telluride, Colorado (KTEX)

Unfortunately when I visited the runway was being totally resurfaced, so no traffic. Absolutely incredible scenery and I'd love to fly into there someday.

As for me, the main "remote" airport that comes to mind at the moment is Moab, in the Utah canyonlands. We drove for hours and hours without seeing much in the way of civilisation before coming across this airfield, then the "city" of Moab.

Here's an example of how desolate the surrounding area is;

http://goo.gl/maps/nNh3

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