The In-N-Out of ‘Plane Spotting’

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What is “Plane Spotting”?

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Aircraft spotting, also known as plane spotting, is a popular pastime worldwide. As a hobby, it brings a number of enjoyable elements for the participant, including getting outdoors, making meticulous observations, “collecting” without creating clutter, having a good excuse to use your really fancy digital camera equipment, and finding a great way to get together with like-minded enthusiasts. The activity itself is generally free, although if you join a club, and buy all the related goodies, there may be some costs involved.

Aircraft spotters have an eye for detail, and are keen to find out as much as possible about aircraft. For example, it was spotters who worked out that in its 18 years of operation, the 757 fleet has flown the equivalent of nearly 25,000 round trips between the Earth and the Moon! If you’re keen about planes, flying, facts, and you remain constantly amazed by the ingenuity of human ability at getting a great tin bird up into the sky, aircraft spotting may just be the perfect hobby for you!

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Check out the article and slide show below. I like #6, an Air New Zealand jumbo 747 above ‘In-N-Out Burger’ at LAX. What are your favorite ‘plane spotting’ locations?

Plane spotters seek ‘Wayne’s World’ thrills

Source: (CNN)

Plane spotters sometimes talk about grabbing a “Wayne’s World” moment. If you’ve seen the 1992 movie, you may remember when Mike Myers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth are parked near an airport runway. They’re reclining on the hood of a funky AMC Pacer, discussing “Babe-raham Lincoln,” when suddenly a huge airliner swoops by just a few feet overhead.

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That’s when they begin screaming above the airplane’s deafening roar.

Phil Derner admits it. “I’ve done that. There are so many times when I just want to … lay down near the approach lights and watch the planes go overhead and just take it in.”

He’s talking about plane spotting. Beginning around the mid-20th century, countless plane spotters have been trotting the globe to view and photograph the world’s most impressive aircraft.


We like something that’s bigger and faster — and it freaking flies.
Phil Derner,

“Some people like cars,” said Derner. “But we like something that’s bigger and faster, and it freaking flies.” (continued)

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