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Planespotting at LAX

  • Apr 2, 2010

LAX might not rank high in passenger satisfaction (although I would disagree) but when it comes to planespotting it is unmatched. LAX has arguably some of the best vantage points and spots to gaze, watch, identify and take photos of your favorite commercial planes. I'll share some really great spots.

This is probably the most famous spot to watch planes land on runway 24 at LAX. The planes literally hover over the famous LAX In-N-Out and are so close you can make out the pilots and see some passengers. This is really a great spot. 

Imperial Hill
This vantage point lies on a park alongside the other end of LAX on runway 25. This spot is so cool because you can see literally the whole runway 25. Planes land and take off right in front of you. Another cool thing is that when cargo planes land imperial hill is right in front of the cargo plane unloading docs and you get really, really close to the planes as they fix themselves to unload their cargo. 

It's really hard not to find a really cool spot to watch planes at LAX. There are several other secret spots at LAX such as the proud bird restaurant and Flight Path aviation museum to name a few but these 2 spots are where you'll find some really cool action at LAX. LAX...for me it's the best planespotting airport in the world. 


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April 04, 2010
Fun review!  I love planespotting at the actual airport, but then again, I wouldn't mind planespotting at In-N-Out either ;)
April 04, 2010
You get the best of both worlds: eating an awesome burger and watching some amazing aircraft takeoff and land. Love it.
April 02, 2010
It's always a great sport watching the plane take off and landing! I still marvel at how great this invention is! I wish I'd have a chance to take a look at Desert Hawk takes off!
April 02, 2010
How the heck does a metal shaped object that weighs thousands of kilos fly and maneuver in air like a bird? It's truly marveling.
April 02, 2010
Beats me! While most men are crazy about sports car, I love the idea of taking off on the runway! I still get the kick every time I'm on a plane, albeit a commercial one. I've been lucky to have been on more than 50 airlines in the world! I'll die happy if I get to fly a private jet ;-)
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Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX) is the primary airport serving Los Angeles, California, thesecond-most populated metropolitan area of the United States. It is often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX, with the letters usually pronounced individually. LAX is located in southwestern Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Westchester, 16 mi (26 km) from the downtown core.

With 59,542,151 passengers in 2009, LAX is the seventh busiest airport in the world and is served by direct flights to North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. The airport is a major hub for both United Airlines and Alaska Airlines and a focus cityfor American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand and Virgin America. It also serves as an international gateway for Delta Air Lines.

The airport also functions as joint civil-military facility, providing a base for the United States Coast Guard and its Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles facility, operating 4 HH-65 Dolphin helicopters.

LAX is the busiest airport in California in terms of flight operations, passenger traffic and air cargo activity, followed by San Francisco International Airport (SFO). LAX is also the only U.S. airport to serve 3 or more international destinations with ridership of 1 million passengers or more per year (Tokyo-Narita, London-Heathrow, Taipei).

Although LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the region ...

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