Airliner pictures from LAX

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest

Being able to roam around airport terminals freely and without a boarding pass is great. I am able to get up close pictures of aircraft that I normally wouldn’t be able to photograph outside (because of my camera’s limited zoom), and I can walk from terminal to terminal just shooting whatever I want. This is one thing I really like about shooting in the US vs. Europe and Asia.

It was another beautiful winter morning here in southern California, so that meant that I was up early for the two hour drive north to LAX. Some people might cringe at the thought of such a drive, but it actually isn’t that bad on early weekend mornings. For as many times as I’ve drove up to LAX for these photo sessions, I never once recall getting stuck in traffic on the way there. Getting stuck in traffic on the return trip to San Diego, however…

Upon arrival at LAX, I immediately headed for my favorite spot: the dining area for the food court in the upstairs section of the Tom Bradley International terminal. As always, I was offered an endless presentation of beautiful aircraft rolling past the big windows: Qantas 747-400’s, Aero California DC-9’s, and a wide variety of domestic stuff. Since this spot is only good in the mornings (because of the sun angle), I walked over to the large windows in the main departure hall at about 11am to see what else I could get pictures of. Turns out there was a Japan Airlines MD-11 approaching just as I walked up. Score!

American Airlines 767-300

Air Canada A320

Aero California DC-9-32

Delta Airlines 767-300

Mexicana Airlines A320

Northwest Airlines A319

QANTAS 747-400

TWA 757-200

TWA 757-200

Shuttle by United 737-300

After that, I walked over to the TWA terminal to get some pictures of aircraft taxiing to and from runway 24R and L. I mentioned in a prior post that LAX has (had?) some of the dirtiest terminal windows I have ever seen at an airport, and it was also the case on this day – I can’t believe that I managed to get halfway decent pics with all the grunge and slime smeared across those windows.

I left LAX by mid-day – I don’t have any pictures from the afternoon. Why didn’t I stay longer?? Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and slap myself silly for such lameness.

Go Behind the Scenes with SANspotter!

Subscribe to my mailing list and get trip updates and exclusive travel tips I don't post to the blog - delivered straight to your email inbox!

Thank you for subscribing! Please check your email - a confirmation link has just been sent to you and your subscription will not be active until you click that link.

Something went wrong.