brianhames
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Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 9:37 am

Hello all,

So its my first weekend here at Western Washington Univ. in Bellingham, and am seriously thinking heading down to SEA tomorrow to do some spotting. Now, I'm no stranger to SEA spotting, however, everytime I've gone, I've always just picked an arbitrary time (usually in the mornings so I generally go to the SPU) depending on my schedual. So my question is what time exactly do all the "good" airplanes come in? the BA 744, SAS A340, United 777s, or any other heavies for that matter. Depending on what time I get up, I probably won't get down there until after noon, which means somewhere west of the airport, whethers Tyee or some place in the Burien area.

So any tips for me? Thanks a lot!

Brian
 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 9:38 am

Also, looks like beautiful weather for tomorrow, which means traffic will most likely be coming in from the south, right?
 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 11:56 am

yep. south to north = shit.
 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 12:12 pm

As for the "good" airplanes, the BA 744 and SAS A340 come daily in the late afternoon around 4pm, give or take a few minutes.

I've gone down several times on a Saturday morning (9-12) and have seen: Asiana 777 from Seoul, the UAL 777 from NRT, China Air 744F as well as a Tower 744F operating for China Southern and a World MD11 as an AMC charter that arrives from the Far East. There is a NWA 742 that arrives earlier, around 7am.

Early afternoon, there is an EVA 744.

 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 12:20 pm

Thanks for info Erik. Don't think I'll be making that 7:00am NWA 742 though, since it'd require me to leave Bellingham at 5:30, haha. But I'll see what I can do. I think those Hawaiian 763s come and go pretty early too.

Brian
 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 2:39 pm

Where is the best place to go for SEA spotting, at least for someone not posessing a boarding pass to get thru security?
 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 3:36 pm

There was a good post a while back about good places to spot at SEA, here it is...

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/88263/4/

Brian
 
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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sat Sep 27, 2003 4:08 pm



>>>>Where is the best place to go for SEA spotting, at least for someone not posessing a boarding pass to get thru security?<<<<<

Anywhere but 154th St I have found(security reasons).....SPU give you a almost level on shot and 188th is great if alls you have is a 80-200 to work with.

Morning north and Afternoons in the South.

Brian.........If you have a 400mm or greater perhaps you should try the golf course they will let you shoot from the clubhouse and in the morning that would be great if the sun is out.


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RE: Sea/Tac Spotting Question

Sun Sep 28, 2003 2:09 am

well I have a 100-400, but I'm not going to be getting down there until after the sun is on the other side of the airport, so it looks like I'll have to wander down onto the course itself

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