belated response, sorry - but both those shots of mine were taken with 600mm+
Spotters map? Nope.
If you aren't going to the perimeter, then it's basically the top of the car park at T1 for you. Alternatives that are within walking distance are:
1. spot by the fence near T3
: exit T3
through and door at ground level, turn right and follow the road - this will bring you down to a wire mesh fence that offers a view of whatever is on the end stand of T3
, as well as allowing you to see aircraft landing on 24R.
2. The Airport pub: same directions as above, except keep walking with the airfield on your right, up ringway road (past the staff car parks) - a 5 minutes walk will bring you to the Airport pub, whose beer garden offers a view of aircraft landing on / lining up on rwy 24R again. If you walk a little way beyond the pub as far as the bridge over the railway, you can see aircraft on short finals, and if you try the gap in the hedge just BEFORE the Airport pub, you can see aircraft taxying out and lining up on 24R (between 12.00-15.00, provided winds are westerly).
Both these spots have the disadvantage that they are south facing though... sun on the wrong side and all that. Mind you, some photographers have made a career out of taking shots into the sun, isn't that right Mr Taperell?
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