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Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

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Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by Rampage 3 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:38 pm

Hi all
I was looking if possible for a bit of advice. I am visiting Florida next month, and I have looked at the possibility of visiting either Patrick, Macdill, or Key West. I dont suppose anybody could give any advice on viewing at any of these? What are the police like out there?
Also is there any other recommend bases/museums in Florida?
Cheers
Harry

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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by Nick.M » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:22 am

I've been to Patrick AFB a couple of times, I stuck to photography from the beach sand dune which overlooks the thresh hold to the main runway and C130/H60 ramps. The dunes provide good views and aircraft are photographable from there with 300mm. The Police are hot if you start spotting from the road/perimeter fence but they don't tend to see you from the dunes.
In my experience Patrick can be very slow movement wise but if you are patient can throw up nice visitors.

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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by NAM Updater » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:08 am

Harry when I visited Florida in 2008 I found that the following museums were really welcoming and well worth a visit.

http://vacwarbirds.org

http://www.fantasyofflight.com

http://warbirdadventures.com

I tried to get a base visit at MacDill AFB, but even with a portfolio of published articles I couldn’t secure access. However things may have changed.
Howard Heeley - Newark Air Museum Trustee
The museum is now closed due to Lockdown-Regs
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Post by NAM Updater » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:21 pm

Scrub Fantasy of Flight unless you can get there before 6th April 2014 - major changes for that location have just been announced! :(
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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by Rampage 3 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:35 pm

NAM Updater wrote:Scrub Fantasy of Flight unless you can get there before 6th April 2014 - major changes for that location have just been announced! :(

Sorry what has happened?!

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Post by NAM Updater » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:47 pm

Here's a link to something that was announced earlier today that helps explain: https://www.facebook.com/KermitWeeks
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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by nigelblake » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:16 pm

1st-6th of April Blue Angels, Warbirds, F22 more to be added! Plus a night airshow and fireworks on the 5th.
http://www.sun-n-fun.org/getdoc/3a96fb9 ... rshow.aspx

There is also an Atlas rocket launch with a military payload scheduled for 3pm March 25th

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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by Rampage 3 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:29 pm

Thankyou both - unfortunately I land in Florida on the 7th- had a nightmare!!!! :grr: :grr:

Harry

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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by nigelblake » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:39 pm

That's a shame as the Thunderbirds are at Punta Gorda on March 29th-30th http://www.floridaairshow.com/ I'm out there for 3 weeks!

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Re: Spotting at KeyWest/Macdill/Patrick

Post by Rampage 3 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:42 pm

Thanks Nigel - I have managed to gain a tour of CGAS Clearwater, but other than that think I will just be spotting from the fence at a few locations :)

Harry

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