Seymour Johnson AFB is a vast military complex located in the middle of nowhere, next to Goldsboro, North Carolina. People in the town will definitely notice you if you drive around in a car which has a number plate out of another state, as they do not get many tourists or visitors from abroad. Seymour Johnson AFB is the place to go if you like F-15 Strike Eagles. No less than four squadrons with F-15Es are based here, together with a squadron of KC-135 tankers. You will see a whole platform packed with aircraft as about 90 Eagles can be found here. The base is ideal for spotting purposes. The base has good locations alongside the runway with sun in your back almost the whole day. Local police will tell you to stay off the gates but will not complain much about photography.
The base has one east-west runway with all facilities north of it. The V shaped dispersals are used by the Stratotankers, the large apron in the middle is used by the Strike Eagles, most of them under sunsheds nowadays, while the east aprons are used by the tankers again.
To get to Seymour Johnson follow the I-95 and take the exit to the US-70 direction Princeton/Goldsboro. After about 35 kilometers you will reach the town. The US-70 will lead you to the front gate, which is signposted. To get to our spots, on the US-70, after passing Elroy, take a left onto Route 111.
Around the Airport
At Route 111, after passing the BP gas station, take a right onto Sheridan Forest Road. Now take the second right, onto White Oak Road. When you see the fence of the base, at the turn to the left, park your car and ask permission to stand on the property of the land owners. At the gate, with a four step ladder, good shots can be made of landing traffic onto runway 26.
2Old Highway 111 road
For spot 2, after passing the BP station, take the Sheridan Forest Road exit from Road 111 and follow this until the split. Turn right on the Old Highway 111 Road and follow this to the end. The view here is quite limited. You have a good view on the runway and good pictures of the aircraft lining up can be made, but a broader view to the left and right is not possible because of the trees surrounding this spot. Another limitation is the high fence, which makes it necessary to take shots through the holes, use your four step ladder or back end of your pick up truck.
3Sheridan Forest Road
Spot 3 is at the end of Sheridan Forest Road. To arrive here, take the Sheridan Forest Road exit from Road 111 and follow this until the end. Park your car at the Road Closed signs and walk forward a bit to the fence with your four step ladder. Good shots can be made from all aircraft on the runway.
4C R Lewis Dairy Road
One of the best spots is this spot 4. To arrive here from Route 111, take the Sheridan Forest Road, take a left onto Old Highway 111 until you arrive at a V shaped junction. Take a sharp left here onto C R Lewis Dairy Road and drive to the end. Again, at the fence, for ground moving traffic, a four step ladder is needed. This is also the best spot if the Police requires you to step back from the gate.
This spot is good for landings onto runway 07 although it is a bit further from the runway. From spot 4, drive back, take the second right onto Tom Herring road and follow it to the end.
Go to the end of C R Lewis Dairy Road with your step ladder to take these kind of shots. Photo: Peter Nieuwkamp
If you have permission to stand on spot 1, and you have some steps with you, you will take these kind of pictures. Photo Peter Nieuwkamp
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