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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paine Field Spotting Guide

Spotting at Paine Field can be rewarding and lots of fun. You get the chance to meet fellow Spotters & Aviation Enthusiasts from all over the world. This little guide was put together to aid you in having a successful Spotting trip to Paine Field.

*Disclaimer - All these locations are publicly accessible. We do not encourage spotters to travel onto private property to get a picture or tail number.


Spotting Location A
(Afternoon Spotting)

This location is on the mounds located at the Future of Flight parking lot. This location gives you great views to traffic landing on 16R. You also have a view of the Boeing Everett flight line. If you take the Boeing Tour, you will have access to the Future of Flight Strato Deck as part of your admission. Otherwise it is a daily fee to access. (No ladder needed)

Parking Lot Berms: Free
Strato Deck: Tour Fee, Daily Access Fee, or Annual Membership


Samples of pictures from Spot A




Spotting Location B & C
(Afternoon Spotting)

Spot B: This location is on the mound known locally as the Wind Sock. Parking is along Bernie Webber Drive. This location gives you great views to traffic landing and departing on 34L. (No ladder needed)

Spot C: This location is on the grass area located at the top of Bernie Webber Drive. Parking is along Bernie Webber Drive and limited. DO NOT park on the street as many do, this will get you a visit by the Airport Sheriff & a Parking Citation. This location gives you great views to traffic landing and departing on 34L. You also get great departure shots with the tower when 16R is active for delivery departures. (Ladder not needed, but recommended)


Samples of pictures from Spot B



Samples of pictures from Spot C



Spotting Location D
(Morning Spotting)

Spot D: This location is in the parking lot owned by Flying Heritage Collection. Most of the time you will be okay, but if asked to leave, please respect the staff as this is a private lot. This location gives you great views to traffic landing and departing on 34L. (Ladder Recommended)


Samples of pictures from Spot D



Spotting Location E
(Morning Spotting)

Spot E: This location is in the parking lot next to Castle & Cooke Aviation. This is a Paine Field official viewing park with picnic tables and trash cans. View of the runway is limited. This location gives you a view of 16R departures. (Ladder Recommended)


Samples of pictures from Spot E




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