This blog is geared toward helping fellow enthusiasts identify spotting areas at airports. I've included shots I've taken from those spots to give you an idea of what kind of photos can be expected from each vantage point.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

RAF Cosford, England - (EGWC)

While this is still an active Royal Air Force base, there are really no aircraft based here except the volunteer glider squadron, an EMS helicopter, and a flying club.  However, there is a museum that rivals most any other within its boundaries.  Located just off the M54 motorway about 15 miles northwest of Birmingham in the Midlands, it is worth any and every side road used to get there!  There are no fewer than 50 unique aircraft presented within its hangars.

A beautiful gate guard in the form of a Bristol Britannia

Hey, this looks familiar!  A nice Dutch Navy P2V-7

HS Dominie T.Mk 1 XS709 - Retired here 2/11/2011

Lockheed C-130K Mk. 3 XV202 - Retired here 8/12/2011

Gloucestershire, England - (EGBJ/GLO)

This small airport is just off the M5 motorway about 30 miles north of Bristol.  Manx2 is the only commercial service as of now operating 2x daily with a Dornier 228 to the Isle of Man. (Equipment sub the day I was there to a Let-410)  Most of the hangars and ramp areas are located on the SE side of the airfield making it a morning or early afternoon shooting affair.  Always worth a stop if you're like me and don't live closer than 3,000 miles away.

OK-RDA - Let-410 of Manx2 taxiing to the runway

Normally a shot I wouldn't take but the pilot would not get out of the way!

Blackbushe, England - (EGLK/BBS)

This general aviation airport is situated a short ways from Farnborough, just north across the M3 motorway. (about 10 minutes driving time)  Of course, as every airport is worth a look I made the trek.  Situated right next to the knee level fence were 2 Cessna Citations as well as many smaller GA aircraft.  As the aerodrome is just off the road, it would always be worth a stop just to take a peek.

G-THNX - A classically registered CitationJet (Gee, Thanks!)

G-FBLK - Citation Mustang

Friday, February 3, 2012

London/Luton, England - (EGGW/LTN)

One of London's many airports, Luton caters mostly to the spotters who are looking for "monster biz frames" as this airport attracts business jets from all over the world on a daily basis.  It still is a commercial airport but you are relegated to discount carriers EasyJet, Wizzair, and Ryanair.  Monarch and Thompson have a maintenance facility here so you never know what types will be in for them.  Again, as with most airports in the U.K. this airport's spotting locations are well known and can be located on the internet with ease:

The day I showed up, they were operating off runway 08 which made for some great shots taken from the crash gate on the south side of the airport.  Due to the close proximity to the runway you can expect to get even the smallest mustang-like jet with a lens no bigger than a 300mm, with most subjects being a short 125mm-200mm away.

EAT Leipzig's newly acquired A300-600R D-AEAG
OE-GVF - Lear 60 of Austrian operator VistaJet

HB-VOJ - Hawker 850XP

G-OBYG - An empty Thompson 767-300 getting airborne quickly

ZS-AJZ - South African registered GLF5 

HZ-MS4 - GLF4 from Saudi Arabia

HA-LWA - Airbus A320 of WizzAir