Sunday, July 22, 2012

No. 80 Plane Spotting: Paine Field KPAE Everett, Washington

Paine Field Airport
3220 100th Street Southwest
Everett, Washington 98204
Paine Field is located near to the Puget Sound shoreline between Mukilteo, Wa and Everett, Wa. The largest and loudest tenant at this airport is Boeing Aircraft Manufacturing. The Boeing Factory is the largest building by volume and houses the final assembly lines of the 777, 767, 747 and 787 Dreamliner.
To reserve a tour of the Boeing factory visit

Airport Attractions:
Museum of Flight Restoration Center
Historic Flight Foundation
Flying Heritage Collection
Future of Flight (Boeing)

Each day of the week offers different sizes and types of aircraft. During the week between 9am and 2pm you can see Boeing Heavy Jets head out for test flights. During the day Boeing 737's come in for touch and goes during their B1 flights from Moses Lake. Friday afternoon and throughout the weekend smaller General Aviation Aircraft head off for the smaller airports around the puget sound.

To view filed Departure and Arrival Flight Plans to/from KPAW check here
2012 Air Show Calendar 

Planespotting Spots:
North West Spot A (Future of Flight Parking Lot)
This location has a commanding view of the Boeing plant and flight line. It can provide a backdrop of the factory along with the plane in blue sky shots.
Directions: From I-5, take the WA-526 exit toward Mukilteo, keeping left through the off-ramp. Follow past the runway to the light at the museum, turning left.
 Photography: A 70-200 will cover most of the larger aircraft, but a 200+ is necessary for most biz jets and general aviation. Best of all, fences aren’t necessary to worry about because the location has several convenient mounds. You can also view the area from the observation deck at the future of flight during business hours, though you may need pre-purchased tickets for certain events, such as the first flight of a new aircraft type. The light is best from noon on through the day.

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Shots from Spot A
GTI4512 Heavy Dreamlifter dept KPAE Paine FIeldLufthansa D-ABYA - Boeing 747-8I Buzzing SistersBoeing 777-300 Qatar Airways A7-BAKHead-on with Air Bridge Cargo VQ-BLQ 

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Views: This spot provides great views of the Olympic Mountains in background, and is the morning’s favored spot. Directions: From I-5, take the WA-526 exit toward Mukilteo, keeping left through the off-ramp. Take the Airport Rd exit and follow until you hit the light for 100th St where you will turn right. It becomes 32nd Ave SW, and follow to the lot near to the tower that is close to the B52. Security: No problems, but be respectful.. Photography: You will need a long lens to make this spot work well. A 200+ is necessary. It is best before noon. Notes: Be sure to stay in the lot near to the tower.

West Side Spot B (Historic Flight Collection)
Located on the south west corner of the larger runway 16R/34L this location can get you with 200ft of gigantic metal flying birds.
This spot gives you dynamic head on shots with aircraft departing to south on RWY 16R and in a north flow you can here the pilots revving the massive engines to Take-Off power. Best light is late afternoon to dusk. Depending on the haze you can capture Mount Rainier as a backdrop

Images from Spot B

KLM "Nationaal Park Wolong" PH-BVG B777-306ERNew 747-8i Heavy reaches V2 on its delivery flight
BOE522 Boeing B747-8 Freighter Flair

East Side Spot C(Flying Heritage Collection) 
Through out the summer the Flying Heritage Collection brings out its vintage WWII flying aircraft out of the hangar and into the skies above Mukilteo. On Free Fly-Days the open up the gates to the Taxi way and you can get nice and up close to these vintage flying machines. To find out more about Free-Fly Days check this out
Images from the East Side

Mitsubishi A6M3-22 (Zeke/Zero) N3852Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk Mitsubishi A6M3-22 (Zeke/Zero) N3852North American P-51D Mustang  Flying Heritage Collection - Paine Field, WARolling Thunder Series: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Tallahassee Lassie"


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