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Planespotting - Stansted

Thanks to Tom Raffan for providing the content (and pictures!) for this page.

Name: London Stansted Airport



Plane Finder Map:,0.238267,14

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Spotting Address:
Belmer Road
CM24 8
Sat-Nav co-ordinates: 
N51° 53' 9"
E0° 14' 21"

The Belmer Road area is shown in the red shaded region of the map images

You can park on the road and walk through the row of trees which divides the road from the airport. There is 5-10m of space between the trees and the fence. It is advisable to bring a chair, and in order to stop the fence hindering photographs, a small step ladder can be erected by the trees where the ground is slightly higher.
Parking is easy and you get a brilliant view of the runway, but only with the small step ladder will you be able to see the apron.
Some of Tom's photos from this location:

Comment by Finlay Cox on January 6, 2013 at 18:05

If you do not own a stepladder, once through the trees turn right and continue through till you can see a dark green MD11 looking 'plane' (it's actually a fire practise tool.) there should be a a slight hill you can walk up and see the apron, but for photos I would recommend a lens up to at least 150mm, for many shots of the biz jets between 200mm and 300mm is needed!

Comment by Bryan Daniels-Hepnar on June 11, 2013 at 20:57

Any suggestions for Gatwick. This used to be a great airport for photography when they had the spectators terrace but now they chase you from the surrounding roads! 

Comment by David W. Wilson on June 14, 2015 at 6:25

They have built a water aeration facility near the end of 26L at Gatwick. It is accessible by public footpaths from Balcombe Road and the Terminal. Its raised bank lifts you above the trees and has a staircase. What more could you ask for?

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