Best shuttle viewing spot in LA?
September 18, 2012 5:45 PM Subscribe
Where should I try to see the shuttle fly over Los Angeles on Friday morning?
posted by Joh to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Detail on exactly where the shuttle will be visible from, is sketchy. The latest I have found today says "Once the shuttle reaches the Los Angeles area about 10:30 a.m., the orbiter will be carried over landmarks including the Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Malibu and Disneyland before landing at Los Angeles International Airport.". Previously it was scheduled to land at LAX at 11am. So I guess I have a 30 minute window to be somewhere to watch it. Disneyland and Griffith Observatory are too far from where I work (Santa Monica). I'm considering driving to the LAX area, and finding a tall parking structure with rooftop parking.
A friend suggested a parking lot he knows over on the south side of LAX, just after the sepulveda tunnel. If the shuttle is going to land on the northern runways though, this is quite far away. I was thinking of going into the airport and parking at the lot opposite the Tom Bradley tunnel, so we are in the middle of the airport, and can theoretically see both runways with ease. Google maps suggests that lot has rooftop parking, but I don't know if its tall enough to see the runways.
Any mefites been on top of the Tom Bradley parking lot, and know if you can see all the runways? Any really sweet plane-spotter spots I don't know of, that would hypothetically give a great view of the shuttle when it is on approach? Do planes always approach from inland to land, or does it depend on wind direction or something? Any other great suggestions on where to hang out Friday morning?