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Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook

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Although Charlotte Douglas International Airport doesn’t have the best variety of airlines compared to other hubs, it has one of the best spotting locations in the United States. (thirtythousand.wordpress.com) Plus d'info...

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tyketto
I still say KLAS tops it. Las Vegas Blvd for the backdrop as you see arrivals coming in from the east, as well as the north. Plus Tower's communications fed straight over the radio to you. Doesn't get any better than that, outside of somewhere like TNCM.
airplanefreakz
kyle dunst 0
I really hope I have the opportunity to go there someday. I'd say KLAX is my favorite.
DiversionD
Darryl Sarno 0
Baltimore (BWI) has great observation areas. The Tom Dixon viewing area as well as the Lounge. There are few different airlines that fly there, besides Southwest. That too is worth a visit.
preacher1
preacher1 0
What is sad that 911 has done away with a lot of observation both inside and out. My favorite pastime in years past was sitting in a lounge somewhere, watching the outside and hearing the rado chatter. Post 911, most of those are now inside security and have been remodeled? losing the radio and the observation.It used to be good cheap entertainment.
padgettrea
Ronald Padgett 0
I miss the days of going to TPA with my 2nd cousin to watch takeoffs and landings. Been a long time since I've felt that kind of excitement w/o having to pay $50 to get into the amusement park. :(
pfp217
pfp217 0
I agree. STL had a parking lot at the end of the parallels (albeit without a radio provided, you had to bring your own). It wasn't a victim of 9/11 but the airport expansion. Of course thre's not nearly the traffic there nowdays either.
lkrupp
Louis Krupp 0
About 15 years ago, I was in St. Louis, and I remember watching TWA land their 1011s. I knew the 1011 was going to be ancient history; I didn't know that the same was true of TWA.
pfp217
pfp217 0
yeah it's sad to go by STL these days. I remember every gate being full and aircraft stacked as far as the eye could see. The runway side of the C concourse had (like you mention) numerous L10s, as well as 76s and flight 1's 747 at the end..and all the DC9s and 727s on the inside of C and D. All the TWE aircraft down at the B gates. Now, it's a ghost town..
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
The observation area at KCLT is a very good one. Most arrivals on that side of the airport use the new runway, 18R/36L. The RWY adjacent to the observation area, 18C/36C, is the primary departure RWY now. The daily Lufthansa flight (A330 in winter) still lands there because it's closer to the terminals, it's long, and since October has brand new concrete. It was getting pretty bouncy.

Another good spot at KCLT is the parking lot of the Operations area beside UPS (look for the Roush Racing 727's). Great veiw of 18L/36R in the afternoon with the sun behind you.

Overall a very cool place to spot and take the kids. My daughter loves it!
preacher1
preacher1 0
What is Roush using the 727's for? Do any other race teams have any big iron?
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
They transport their teams and other personell to and from races on them. They have two. Several other teams catch rides with Jack and Co. from Charlotte to wherever they're going.

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Most other big teams use RJ's or smaller.
preacher1
preacher1 0
That's what I was thinking as far as the RJ's went.Didn't know about the 27's. I imagine they are in best shape of any flying and up until the Wisconsin deal awhile back, I can only guess that Jack was typed in them.lol
charlotte96
justin martin 0
If planes land on the 36 side, Lufthansa lands on 36R. Not 36L
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
You are correct. I've only been there once lately when they were landing north and it did land on 36R. There are some good viewing spots on West Blvd (or Drive or whatever it is) through some commercial / industrial parks at the approach end of 36R.
pzs2k1
Justin Barnes 0
I'm with Brian. The 'old terminal' parking lot between Roush & UPS off West BLVD offers a nice spot to watch, particular during the winter months when the winds generally blow from the north and 36L/C/R are in operation. The 36R departures taxi within 200 feet of the parking lot, offering viewers a great closeup visual for photos. Furthermore, most GA activity begins and ends on 36R as Wilson Air, BofA flight Ops, and others have their ops located on the east side of the field.

If you want a burger and a whiff of JET-A, go to the side road near the McDonalds off of Billy Graham when runway 23 is active with arrivals. It isn't "In & Out Burger" in LAX, but it's pretty impressive as the arrivals pass over at 200-300 feet or so.

Have fun!
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 0
even the mc donalds parking lot is awesome
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
Yes it is!
charlotte96
justin martin 0
I live less than 5 minutes from the lookout and i always go just to watch the planes take-off,land, and taxi. It's so amazing how close you are to these planes.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 0
I've gone over to the old terminal to watch planes come in but I never stay to long because I don't want to be hasseled by security...18C and 36C was better before the addition but it still offers a great view...I've never seen one of Roushes 727 land or depart; usually when I see them they are parked...As far as I know they are the only ones that operate the big toys...However during race season it is not uncommon to see chartered 737's going in and out of Concord on FA and I am guessing they are associated with Hendrick due to the size of his operation.
rdzr1
rdzr1 0
Looks like a good one. FLL and LAS are also tops. DFW gets points for the park-like setup. TNCM is the ultimate. Chicago Meigs used to be pretty interesting watching from the terminal balcony back in the day, especially with a crosswind.
rdzr1
rdzr1 0
These areas are great PR for the airport too. It's amazing to see how people are usually out there and many with there kids. Nice to see Grandpa bring the little one to see the planes. It's also amazing who and what comes out at TNCM especially during regatta week!!
skylloyd
skylloyd 0
Does anyone remember the 94th Aero Squadron (restaurant) it was just off the field at San Jose,Ca. Met my wife there, they would give you head-sets and you could listen to ATC traffic, I believe its gone now, what a place it was.
lkrupp
Louis Krupp 0
There was one of those near the east-west runways at Stapleton International Airport in Denver years ago.
N2BT
Peter Doll 0
Darn right, I've gotten some great pix there myself, and it's close enough to the action to feel the jetwash from some of the big ones like Kalitta's 747's.
chasshep
get a bbq sandwich or fried chicken dipped in bbq sauce from BBQ King on Wilkinson blvd and sit back and watch the airliners leaving the gate to airborne, great lunch.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
I've seen the place but never tried them. Will do next time I'm in town.
pzs2k1
Justin Barnes 0
Hey I'll have to try them out sometime... thanks for the idea! :-)
Ryan198416
Ryan Viveiros 0
You used to be able to park on the industrial park road next to the runway at KPVD. They put up signs in 2006 threatening fines to anyone who stops. It's kind of pathetic as there would often be 30 cars or so park along the fence. Now I spot from the top of the Terminal B garage at Logan Airport.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
The resteraunt at PDK is pretty cool too. Tons of BizJets coming and going. Sit outside right in front of the taxiway.
panam1971
panam1971 0
I miss the days where I could take the "L" Blue line to ORD, and hang out at gate K-19 all day. Now you actually have to *fly* somewhere to go in a terminal anymore.
lkrupp
Louis Krupp 0
I used to find that airports could be nicer places to hang out when I *wasn't* trying to get somewhere. There was no rush, no stress, just people and airplanes to watch...

I was stuck in and around O'Hare for three days a few years ago (blizzard hit Denver, flights got canceled, United forgot I existed), and I never did manage to explore all of the places I could visit once I'd gone through security. It would have been a lot more fun if I hadn't been wondering how I was going to go home.

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