Plane flying over Myrtle Avenue near Heathrow
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Myrtle Avenue: Plane-spotters' paradise

31 July 2012 Last updated at 00:27 BST

Myrtle Avenue in west London looks like your typical suburban street of semi-detached houses with family cars parked on the driveways.

But when you walk to the end of the road, you notice a patch of grass where dozens of middle-aged men are sitting in a row, armed with binoculars, flasks of tea, high-frequency radios and expensive cameras.

The reason? The street is an ideal vantage point to see planes flying in and out of nearby Heathrow Airport.

BBC News spent an afternoon with a plane-spotter to find out more.

Video journalist: Dan Curtis