I would say this is the best viewing deck for our Electronic Jamming Squadrons base out of NAS Whidbey Island, WA. Couple days a week this outlying field is being use by our Navy VAQ Squadrons training on their Carrier operations. The runway orientate as 14 and 32. When I was visiting this field aircraft was using runway 32 for their training .
Location A along highway 20, park your vehicle along the road and be sure you park off the road since this is quite a heavy traffic 2 land road. and walk along the permiter in locaion A. You can catch the jet coming in Final, touch and go . He usually be touch down around the location A orientation. This side is great for anything in the morning till noon.
On the North end, will be great for runway 14 active and also head on and different banking shots of the jet when doing carrier breaks. This end is great when the afternoon to evening for lighting conditions.
Location D is great for side shots in the afternoon and beyond and you can get good Carrier breaks.
Along Location C you can get headon shots and the aircraft basically bank right on top of you if 32 is use.
Location E is more of a side shots of the aircraft in the morning and also carrier break . But be aware that the small road leading to the tower is off limits.
Here are the website to check on the schedule for the training.
The useful Frequencies that you can tune your scanner
Coupleville Ops 379.2
NAS Whidbey Island
|WHIDBEY GROUND:||121.75 336.4|
|WHIDBEY TOWER:||127.9 340.2|
|WHIDBEY APPROACH:||118.2(WEST) 120.7(EAST) 270.8(EAST) 285.65(WEST)|
|WHIDBEY DEPARTURE:||118.2(WEST) 120.7(EAST) 270.8(EAST) 285.65(WEST)|
|CLEARANCE DELIVERY:||135.1 379.9|
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Article by Dave Chng