Los Angeles International Airport
|Continent: North America||Country: United States||Region: California|
|Los Angeles International Airport|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
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Official Spotting Locations
Shut since 2001.
Other Spotting Locations
In the city of El Segundo. A small roadside park at the intersection of Imperial Avenue and Sheldon Street. A few tables and seats, for other facilities you need to walk down the hill to the small shopping plaza. Bus service from ther airport - Redondo Beach route (496 I think).
All movements on the South runways can be logged here although care must be taken not to miss those arrivals which turn off early. Some photography possible when traffic is westerly, few arrivals come far enough down although spectacular departue shots can be had with a long (300-400mm) lens. On the rare occasions traffic is landing to the East this is one of the finest locations in the land.
At the corner of Sepulveda and Westchester, 10-15 minutes walk from the airport. Small grass area across the road from which all movements on the Northern runways can be seen. Limited photography as arrivals are almost directly overhead, and you are facing South.
There is a multi-storey car park with good views from the top floor. No photography signs are present, and you will likely be told to leave.
Some other possibilities in the same area as the In'n'Out. A bridge about 1/4 mile West provides good photos but anyone standing there is very visible. Two car parks either side of Sepulveda, one at ground level (E) the other a multi-story (W). None of these locations are very satisfactory for a long stay.
Proud Bird Restaurant
Off Aviation Boulevard beside the approach to the Southern runways. Good landing shots but care must be taken to avoid lampposts and trees. Take the B parking shuttle from the airport.
There are 2 parking lots off the first and second cargo roads respectively. Hanging around either of them will attract the attention of the police sooner or later but OK for a quick shot of antyhing parked at DHL or FedEx.
Locations to Avoid
Patrolled frequently by not-very-friendly LAWA police.