Yesterday my family drove to Missoula, the second largest city in Montana. We had some extra time, so we decided to go Plane spotting at the local airport. We found a great place right be the runway to spot, so close you could feel and hear the wake turbulence after the plane past.
KMSO gets much of its business from tourists, so they see 737s and A320s in the summer, and regional aircraft when it’s not tourist season. Since we came in late fall, the airport wasn’t very active, but I still saw lots of great aircraft. Here are the pictures, enjoy!
Delta Connection CRJ-200, KSLC – KMSO
This CRJ coming in from Salt Lake City was the first aircraft I saw. The Delta CRJ-200 can be spotted at every commercial airport in Montana in any season. Never the less, It is a beautiful aircraft with a great livery:
Delta Connection CRJ-900, KMSP – KMSO
Missoula is the only Montana airport that regularly sees the CRJ-900. Delta flies it on the afternoon route to Minneapolis and occasionally to Salt Lake.
At the gate:
Cessna 172, KMSO – KMSO
This locally owned 172 was doing touch & goes for about 2 hours during my visit:
United Express CRJ-700, KDEN - KMSO
Another common sight for Montana. United uses these in the winter months and then upgrades to A319s in the summer.
At the gate:
Retired P2V Air Tanker
Missoula is the regional hub for smoke jumping and aerial firefighting. They used to use these P2Vs but recently upgraded to Avro RJXs. This P2V was on display in front of the airport:
Here is a video I made showing the full landings:
Thanks for looking and have a nice day!