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Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Thu Mar 14, 2002 8:10 am

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of good spotting places at JFK at the America West Terminal.

PHX-In general, but mainly America West.

SEA-Outside the airport and in the Alaska Air terminal.

OAK-Outside the aiport and at the America West terminal.

Boeing Field in Seattle, WA-Outside.
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RE: Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Thu Mar 14, 2002 9:19 am

SEA___I was in SEA in October and the park north of the airport near the water tank is good if 16's are being used...but I was chased away from a private parking lot(even with permission to park there at a trucking Co) by City of Sea-Tac PD,,,,,while waiting for the W&K to land from SJC.....just west of the tank....I got Alaska 739 and came out pretty darn good for a cloudy day...(prints)

BFI---- it's hit and miss,,,,north end off Albro Place, there is a private fuel dump for Semi's and I've always parked there and got some good stuff....FAA car drove by(this is still last Oct) and didn't hassle me,,,the area near the Museum should be OK,,,and by the 'ole City of Everett- I parked there and wasn't hassled for 2 hours...left on my own.....not much moving that day...

BFI still-In the AM, Park and walk across the street at Swift Ave and Mars Ave So.(on east hillside) and hop onto the 10x10 inch guard-rail barrier post(w-traffic)and shoot down hill for photos for awhile(and you'll be within 200ft of my childhood residence-torn down though- for I-5 in 1965)good vantage point for landing/take off traffic...never been hassled here,,but trees are growing more and more...view is getting limited---need 300mm at least...

OAK-if you can get in OAK....the terminal is fine at certain lighting conditions, though FlyGGa may have to inject if it's open or not,,haven't been to OAK in 2 years.

PHX- as far as I know--PHX from the parking garage is OK,,I've seen photos from after 9/11 on here and nothing mentioned...

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RE: Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Thu Mar 14, 2002 9:47 am

Also...what MM would I need  Confused
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RE: Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Thu Mar 14, 2002 9:49 am

In regards to OAK, If you are a ticketed passenger you will have access to all the gate areas and the best spot to watch planes is at the end of the concourse in Terminal 1 (where America West is located). Unfortunately if you are intereted in taking photos, the windows are slanted and tinted and it makes photography extremely difficult.

Outside the airport, the only real spot to watch the action is at the San Leandro Marina. To get to the Marinia, head out of the airport main exit, turn right on Doolittle Dr. Go about 2 miles to Marina Blvd. Turn right on Marinia and follow it out to the Marinia. Turn into the parking lot and follow it out all the way until the end until you can go no further. From here you can watch all planes landing as they are on short final to runway 29. Unfortuntely this spot is not that great either for photos. The sun is in the wrong spot most of the day and a DC10/747 requires at least a 300mm lens.

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RE: Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Thu Mar 14, 2002 2:16 pm

I haven't been to either BFI or Sea-Tac since September, so can't comment on hassles, but...

Boeing Field - The parking lot of the Museum of Flight has a good vantage point. For photos, it's an afternoon location. It's near the south end of the runways.

SEA - Alaska Airlines generally occupies two terminals, concourse C and D. Around gates C3 and C9 you have a great view over to D and the tails lined up. At the end of C, shared with American, there's a good view out to the runways, although AA planes can get in the way.

Near C8 to C14 is a great morning to mid-day view for photos as nearly every plane taxis by to takeoff if operations are to the south. The main terminal, the end of C and the North Satellite (United) are connected with the underground transit system, and you only have to go through security once. If planes are operating to the south, the Delta gates in concourse B provide great rotation shots, if no planes in the way. But that's a different security area.

Outside....for operations to the north, the entrance road to the Tyee Valley Golf course just south of the airport provides good approach viewing - photos good in the afternoon - for one of the runways. Just west of the golf course is an old school parking lot, with a view of approaches to both runways.

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RE: Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Fri Mar 15, 2002 12:49 am


For PHX are a good places on the car park between the runways.
You see everthing from America West and runway 26R-8L.
The sun is always good.

check my home page in the section favourites,many pictures are taken from that place.
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RE: Spotting Places At SEA, OAK, Boeing, PHX, JFK

Fri Mar 15, 2002 3:44 pm

PHX has a lot of great spotting locations and you're pretty much guaranteed to see America West Aircraft at all of them, including one or more of the 757s with the special liveries. Here are some of the spots:

1) Terminal 3 Parking Garage facing north: activity on runway 8-26 and taxiways

2) Terminal 3 Parking Garage facing east: planes taxiing between north and south sides of the airport (this spot is only good in the afternoon when the sun is in the west)

3) Terminal 4 Parking Garage facing north: with a 200 - 300 mm lens, you can get planes just as they touch down on runway 26 and also planes taxiing by

4) East Economy Parking Garage: from the top floor you can watch aircraft on approach to both runways 25 (south) and 26 (north) after the arrival pattern changes to the east (some time approximately noon - 2pm); you'll also need a zoom lens here to fill the frame

PHX has a lot of other off-airport/perimeter spots as well. There is a really good Phoenix spotting website (not mine) that I can send you the URL for if you email me.

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