We love airplanes, you love airplanes, so let's go look at airplanes! In our Prime Plane Spotting series, we'll let you in on all the best spots to whip out your cameras and binoculars for a piece of the aviation action.
Alright, let's talk Airbus A380s for a moment. They are currently like the holy grail of airplanes to be spotted, and although it is totally possible to watch the behemoths during takeoffs and landings as well as on the tarmac, maneuvering their butts around, you've got to do some planning to catch them.
To spot them in action, we recommend popping a squat with your camera outside of London-Heathrow Airport's nearby Tube stop at Hatton Cross. As well as a parking lot and easy connection to the city by underground train, Hatton Cross has a grassy area where diehard plane spotters already spend their weekends propping their telephoto lens-cameras up on tripods and drinking milk tea from a thermos.
Any number of airplanes from all countries and of all shapes and sizes fly over, but to get directly underneath them you can walk about 10 minutes away from the station for optimum viewing. You won't get an ice hockey or baseball game along with your plane spotting, but you will get plane after jumbo jet after plane.
Give the couple A380s that land here daily a wave for us, and don't forget an extra memory card.