Most aviation enthusiasts enjoy watching aircraft land. There’s nothing better than standing at the airport fence as aircraft approach the concrete. The larger the airplane, the better the experience.
The best place I’ve ever watched jets land is the beach next to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten. I have no personal video or photos, but a simple search of YouTube will reveal why it is my favorite.
A very close second is Anchorage, Alaska. In 2008, I was up there on a layover and rented a bicycle for the day. From town, I rode along the water and up a hill to the airport boundary. That afternoon, PANC was landing on runway 14. I stood at the edge of the cliff as wide body aircraft flew overhead and landed on the runway immediately behind the bike path.
Here’s a video from that day… remember, in 2008, cell video cameras weren’t as advanced as they are today.
Last week on an LAX layover, I walked about a mile and a half to grab some lunch:
After I ate, I decided to watch some airplanes arrive. While not as exciting as St. Maarten or Anchorage, the area near the In-N-Out Burger is still a really good location for any #avgeek. Here are a few videos from last week:
Alaska Airlines’ “Make a Wish/Disney” jet:
Can anyone name this airline?