Sunday, February 21, 2016

Accidental Plane Spotting with Iron Maiden

The wedding we were at this weekend was in Miami Beach. The affordable flight home was from Palm Beach. It is a relatively easy drive on a Sunday so I wasn't all that worried about it, especially with a $25 rental car one way. So we left the beach, headed north on I-95 with no real agenda other than eventually getting to PBI.

Bad traffic ended up working in my favor

Bad traffic ended up working in my favor

Just short of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport traffic came to a sudden halt. An accident a few miles ahead backed things up and the interstate was at a standstill. A quick look at the map suggested we could get around the accident by going around the airport so I pulled off the highway and on to the side road. What I did not expect was to see the tail of a 747 sticking up over the trees along the side of the road. Nor did I know that there was a small parking lot and spotters area on the southwest corner of the field, overlooking 10R. Figured that out pretty quickly as I pulled on to the perimeter road, though. And ended up with a solid view of the GA ramp, including Ed Force One hulking over everything else there.

Iron Maiden's Ed Force One parked on the ramp at FLL

Iron Maiden's Ed Force One parked on the ramp at FLL

The fence got in the way of a couple shots just based on the angle trying to get the side of the plane in view but, for the most part, it is a great little spot to sit out and spot if in the area.

Ed Force One parked on the ramp at FLL with a JetBlue A320 crossing in front

Ed Force One parked on the ramp at FLL with a JetBlue A320 crossing in front

A Cessna 208 with pontoons landing at FLL

A Cessna 208 with pontoons landing at FLL

JetBlue A320 landing at FLL

JetBlue A320 landing at FLL

JetBLue A320 landing at FLL

JetBLue A320 landing at FLL

We only stayed for a few minutes but it was completely worth the unexpected diversion.

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