Heya.. I'm in the OKC
area, but the only spotting I've done was at DFW
. After DFW
(especially in the 1990s), OKC
is kind of small potatoes and the RJs and MD80s don't do it for me anymore.
Tinker is a little more interesting as they have B52s, E3s, KC135s, and other types in for depot maintenance, along with the occasional MD
-11 or 747. Check FlightAware daily since they sometimes have odd contract flights listed on there. There is an nice vantage point on the north end of Tinker when Rwy 17 is active (intersection of Palmer & Bowman). I've parked there for a few minutes at a time. However I don't know if the cops chase people out of there or not.. maybe someone can comment on this. The south end of the runway, I have no idea since the runway is on a 50 ft berm there. If you can get on base, Rwy 12 is fantastic, but there's no parking and I think you'd have to walk a fair distance to get to the good vantage points.
Another possibility is the park at Stanley Draper.. if there's a north wind you'll get a pretty good procession of planes overhead on the weekdays while you do park & lake type stuff.
Live ATC does have OKC
covered, so there's some options there.
Not sure if you've been to the airpark at Tinker, but it's pretty cool... open to the public daily and you can go up and actually touch B52s, B1s, C137s, and so on. A nice change from museums that have everything behind ropes and chains. Not sure if you've been to the Science museum but they've also got a good aviation/space setup. I hear good things about the museum up in Kansas in Wichita but haven't been there, and there's supposedly a fantastic commercial aviation museum in KC
that I plan to visit sometime.
I don't do spotting anymore and am a busy family guy these days, so activities are probably out, but I can answer questions.