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Spotting guide for: KEFD - Ellington Field
 
A joint use civil/military airport, Ellington Field was acquired by the City of Houston in 1984 and now supports the operations of the United States military, NASA, and a variety of general aviation tenants.

The airport is home to the annual Wings Over Houston Airshow and is also the place where many of the astronauts from the world-renowned Johnson Space Center receive their ongoing space training.

You can expect to see a variety of aircraft at Ellington, including the 147th Fighter wing of the Texas Air National Guard, Nasa T-38's, Nasa Super Guppy, Nasa 707 "Vomit Comit", as well as a multitude of general aviation aircraft.

Source: Houston Airport System
 
Map courtesy of Google Maps mapping service
Guide to map icons:

Publicly accessible areas that do not require any prior notification to spot.
Areas such as parking garages that require prior approval or notification to airport security to spot.
Areas that to not require notification to spot, but are at your own risk!  You may be asked to leave by Airport security or by police.
Restricted area!  Do not spot here, or you will be asked to leave by airport security or police.
Food / Drink!  Spotting sometimes requires a lot of time out in the sun.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and get food when you need it.
Gas!
These orange lines indicate where the final approach path of a runway intersect or pass near a spotting area.

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Site 1: Near GA hangars
The first site at Ellington is located near the middle of the airport, on the west side, south of the tower, near the GA hangars. There is a tall fence, so if you want to take pictures, you may need a step ladder.

No prior authorization is required to spot or take pictures in this area, but this IS an active military base, so if someone asks you to leave, please do so promptly. If that does happen, we would appreciate you letting everyone know via the forum, so we can update this information.
 
Site 2: Highway 3
The edge of runway 35L is very close to state highway 3. This is a public road, and is a great spot to watch anything coming in on 35L.
 
Site 3: Fence line near control tower
This site is near the parking lot of the old Continental Express building (being removed now). You can get some good shots of planes coming as they pass near the tower.

No prior authorization is required to spot or take pictures in this area, but this IS an active military base, so if someone asks you to leave, please do so promptly. If that does happen, we would appreciate you letting everyone know via the forum, so we can update this information.

Examples of photos taken near the fence line: (photos courtesy of av8pix.com)






Communications Frequencies:
FrequencyTypeDescription
135.575ATISEllington ATIS
121.600GroundEllington Ground
126.050TowerEllington Tower
122.950UnicomEllington Unicom

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