Brize Norton RAF Station Spotting Guide

Royal Air Force Brize Norton is the largest station of the Royal Air Force. The station is home to Air Transport, Air-to-Air refuelling and Military Parachuting, with aircraft operation from the station including the Hercules C-130, Globemaster C-17 and Airbus A330MRTT. It’s about 105km west north-west of London. Mainly Royal Air Force but sometimes you can get special visitor particularly from the Middle East. It still a busiest military airport, of course it’s not LHR but I think at the end of the day, you could be happy about your few pictures.

Written by Jeremy Denton / Visited July 2013

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Weather
Airport Information Runway 08/26
3.050m (10.007 ft)
 Concrete
Spotting Information Ladder Necessary
Car Necessary
Restrooms Nothing
Drinks/Food Nothing
Hotels Village Carterton
Season During summer is the best to have a good light
Runway Usage 08/26 Nothing special

Spot #1 – Arrivals and departures rwy 26
WHERE From London Heathrow airport, take the direction north-east, follow M25 direction M40 to Oxfordshire. Take the exit 8 and exit the M40. Take A40 direction Carterton Rd. Exit the A40 when you see the sign of Brize Norton Rd B4477. Follow the signs and indication. Take Station Rd until the start of the rwy26.
WHAT Good location for arrivals and departures on rwy26.
TIME From the early of the morning to approximately 14:00
MISCELLANEOUS Bring what you need before coming at this spot.
FOCAL LENGTH 50-300mm
Spot #2 – Ground and taxi aircraft
WHERE From spot 1, continue to station Rd until next village. Turn on the right Bridge St, then A4095 and take first way on the right. Continue strait in the field until you see some house take on the right. Follow the road to the end. Park your car and walk along the fence to take pictures of aircraft.
WHAT A ladder is necessary to have good pictures.
TIME From the early of the morning to approximately 14:00.
MISCELLANEOUS Bring what you need before coming at this spot.
FOCAL LENGTH 50-300mm

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