Aviation Photo #0998826 Airbus A340-313 - Air France

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I have never seen in six days a so low approach at Princess Juliana airport...
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    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    January 2006
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Comments (74)

Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW...that´s low. U can almost touch the gear´s.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply amazing.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Flying high, passing low. Hey yah! Cool stuff. You can be proud of you! You've been there, where most of us would like to go. And you got a nice shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It´s only fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Lowest Air France I've seen here beautiful shot!!!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a low approach!!!!I really would like to go there!!!!I'll take this flight from CDG with the same approach I hope!!!!really good shot from SXM, and I think they should sell some postcard with these awesome landings....will LFPL.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a great picture! I love the way the water is coming up on the beach and rolling back at the same time. It actually looks like the airplane is at that point in the sky and hasn't just been put there out of the blue and the people in the picture are actually looking at it which makes it all the more realistic and a lot better than come illusions I have seen which are clearly computer generated but this actually looks like a photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent shot, I would love to be standing underneath that! :-D
Anonymous
11 years ago
Was he checking if the wheel brakes were off
Anonymous
11 years ago
Do you think that maybe one day they might close the beach for security reasons? It looks like a pretty easy & vulnerable place for something to happen!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
If i were there, i would like to jump and touch those tires..! -Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology Student-
Anonymous
11 years ago
Crikey!
Looks like it's even lower than the 747 in the #1 of all time pic in A.net. Fantastic airport, great plane and superb picture.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Photo!! I have never been to St. Maarten Princess Juliana. I've always wondered if that was an illusion or not. From this picture I see it is not. I would love to be there now!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great capture of the moment!! It's really sad what the hurricanes have done to the beach this past season.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!! Ciao Bibbi
Anonymous
11 years ago
Excellent shot Massimo, so lucky to be there!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Fantastic take....
Anonymous
11 years ago
This type of photo never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the great shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Roger that gears down and locked=P about 21-30ft off the ground
Anonymous
11 years ago
People should be prohibited to be there.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love it
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply amazing!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing

hopefully can visit someday amd experience in person
Anonymous
11 years ago
It doesn't get any lower than this! simply amazing
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice pic, it's very realistic, and yes an incident occurred a few months ago when a French man was arrested for chucking rocks at an approaching air France jet.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Even though still in the "practice" phase, the French have adopted a new method of lopping off heads, i.e., from the guillotine to Airbus Michelin tires. Bon chance!
Anonymous
11 years ago
No other place can have this feeling. Even the old Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, the Kowloon City citizen can never have such feeling when they stood at the roof of their flat.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing! sxm keeps on impressing us.......;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow! That is low.

I hear only visual approaches are avaliable here. It seems as though it would be safer to add an ILS.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I like this picture because my dad flys for an airline and landed here. great picture
Anonymous
11 years ago
I can't believe the close proximity people!!! This shot has excitement and danger.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great picture - I love SXM!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Truly the greatest spotting location on earth!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It´s amazing. I think this airport is the best of the world for take pictures so close.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Oh my Gosh !!!!! I´m tempted to jump & touch it.What a feeling !
RL787 frpm Buenos Aires.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sweet photo!!! At Princess Juliana when photographers say low they sure mean low!!!
I come on this site periodically and i have not seen an approach this low in a long long time
Great Job Massimo!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice shot wish i was there
Anonymous
11 years ago
WHO HAS THE WINDOWS CLOSED ON AN APPROACH LIKE THIS?!?!

Anyway, great shot! Wish I could be there :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is a great capture of very low approach
Anonymous
11 years ago
Woow, man, nice job! Hey guys, check the water! The wawes are blown back by the exhaust gas:) lovely photo, 5stars morton
Anonymous
11 years ago
I am a fan of Maho Beach approaches. This by far is the lowest approach I have ever seen at Princess Juliana!
Anonymous
11 years ago
We know the guy flying!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Simply fantastic!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow. I wouldn't like to stand there. The plane is not ten meters up from their heads.
Anonymous
11 years ago
"great shot" !
Anonymous
11 years ago
This is it,man. I Must visit This place soon. Thanks for sharing a Blast of a picture, Massimo.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Your heads!!! WATCH YOUR HEADS!!!! Man I want to go there.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I love SXM
I really look foward to go there, only place in the world where you get so low Arrivals
Anonymous
11 years ago
Must be very scared if you are on the beach, 5star foto awesome!
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW! This is too low! love those approaches!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I cannot see the Philippsburg pictures any more. How many do have already of this beach and a plane overhead the people on the beach in Philippsburg?
Anonymous
11 years ago
So COOOOL!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Muito massa essa foto!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice Shot! I love A340
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW you can actualy toch the tires if you jump, and you are high enough! LOL
Anonymous
11 years ago
Can almost touch it! Thanks!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I've been there, and i can tell you, you do not want to jump when a big plane lands, because you'l be blasted away by the slipstream and land with your face down in the sand :p
anyway, make sure to bring earplugs, and behind the fotographer is a bar were you can relax and watch the planes. man i love St. Martin!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I am on a 20" CRT Monitor with high resolution...it simply is an amazing perspective and image. i can imagine on a 40" plasma tv...great photography! absolutely surreal!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Do you recognize the guy with the green shirt? he took a photo as well: http://www1.airliners.net/open.file/1050658/L/
Anonymous
10 years ago
The open space above the plane, and partly obstructed buildings really enhance the visual effect. Great planning and execution equals great result.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Another classic from St. Maarten!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I will test this airport in fsx - great picture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just have to go there!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The control we expect on landing means these beach goers can stand underneath and watch while an airliner lands 8meters above their heads!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Not there are words, magnificent photo.
Bravissimo Luigi!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a shot people are that close to an a340 now i gave this picture 5 stars because it's such an amazing picture and i still don't believe how close the people are to the A340!
Anonymous
8 years ago
This same model plane is a new private jet for Roman Abramovich
Anonymous
7 years ago
Unbelievable close! I want to go there!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Truly unbelievable. What a cool composite photo. It looks pretty real as it has passed as a 'real' picture to everyone posting here. I think whoever 'photoshopped' this photo should have blurred the plane to match to the rest of the photo. One other thing, if it was really that close I am sure some of those people standing there wouldn't be seconds later as the jet engines would surely give them quite a blast.
Anonymous
7 years ago
To the skeptic who thinks this was photoshoped...Well, this does look like a real picture, especially if you compare it to the picture that the guy with the green shirt took as well: http://www1.airliners.net/open.file/1050658/L/
Anonymous
4 years ago
To the skeptic: Your comment shows your knowledge of photography and physics.
The photographer is panning to track the aircraft, so the stationary foreground and background are blurred.
The forward speed of the aircraft is opposite the direction of the jet blast so the blast is greatly reduced, and anyway goes over the heads of the observers.
Thank you for highlighting some interesting elements of this excellent photograph!

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