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More: Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana (SXM / TNCM)
More: St. Maarten, January 2006
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F-GLZN (cn 245) I have never seen in six days a so low approach at Princess Juliana airport...
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A visitor from Canada posted Tue February 5, 2013:
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!

A visitor from - posted Tue September 28, 2010:
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/

A visitor from United States posted Tue August 17, 2010:
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.

A visitor from - posted Wed November 25, 2009:
Unbelievable close! I want to go there!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 18, 2009:
This same model plane is a new private jet for Roman Abramovich

A visitor from Canada posted Mon January 14, 2008:
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!

A visitor from Italy posted Thu August 30, 2007:
Not there are words, magnificent photo.
Bravissimo Luigi!!

A visitor from South Africa posted Tue July 24, 2007:
The control we expect on landing means these beach goers can stand underneath and watch while an airliner lands 8meters above their heads!!

A visitor from Ireland posted Tue July 17, 2007:
Just have to go there!!

A visitor from Germany posted Tue June 12, 2007:
I will test this airport in fsx - great picture.

A visitor from United States posted Fri January 12, 2007:
Another classic from St. Maarten!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Mon December 25, 2006:
The open space above the plane, and partly obstructed buildings really enhance the visual effect. Great planning and execution equals great result.

A visitor from Germany posted Fri December 1, 2006:
Do you recognize the guy with the green shirt? he took a photo as well: http://www1.airliners.net/open.file/1050658/L/

A visitor from United States posted Mon October 16, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sun September 3, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun September 3, 2006:
Can almost touch it! Thanks!

A visitor from Serbia And Montenegro posted Sun July 30, 2006:
WOW you can actualy toch the tires if you jump, and you are high enough! LOL

A visitor from Chile posted Wed July 19, 2006:
Nice Shot! I love A340

A visitor from Switzerland posted Fri July 14, 2006:
Great shot!

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue July 11, 2006:
Muito massa essa foto!

A visitor from Chile posted Wed June 28, 2006:
So COOOOL!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun June 11, 2006:
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?

A visitor from Uruguay posted Thu May 4, 2006:
WOW! This is too low! love those approaches!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 26, 2006:
Must be very scared if you are on the beach, 5star foto awesome!

A visitor from Germany posted Mon April 17, 2006:
I love SXM
I really look foward to go there, only place in the world where you get so low Arrivals

A visitor from United States posted Tue April 11, 2006:
Your heads!!! WATCH YOUR HEADS!!!! Man I want to go there.

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri April 7, 2006:
This is it,man. I Must visit This place soon. Thanks for sharing a Blast of a picture, Massimo.

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 6, 2006:
"great shot" !

A visitor from Finland posted Sat March 25, 2006:
Wow. I wouldn't like to stand there. The plane is not ten meters up from their heads.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed March 8, 2006:
Simply fantastic!

A visitor from France posted Fri February 24, 2006:
We know the guy flying!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 21, 2006:
I am a fan of Maho Beach approaches. This by far is the lowest approach I have ever seen at Princess Juliana!

A visitor from Hungary posted Tue February 21, 2006:
Woow, man, nice job! Hey guys, check the water! The wawes are blown back by the exhaust gas:) lovely photo, 5stars morton

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 21, 2006:
This is a great capture of very low approach

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 20, 2006:
WHO HAS THE WINDOWS CLOSED ON AN APPROACH LIKE THIS?!?!

Anyway, great shot! Wish I could be there :)

A visitor from Ireland posted Sun February 19, 2006:
Nice shot wish i was there

A visitor from Canada posted Sat February 18, 2006:
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!!!

A visitor from Argentina posted Sat February 18, 2006:
Oh my Gosh !!!!! I´m tempted to jump & touch it.What a feeling !
RL787 frpm Buenos Aires.

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri February 17, 2006:
It´s amazing. I think this airport is the best of the world for take pictures so close.

A visitor from Austria posted Fri February 17, 2006:
Truly the greatest spotting location on earth!

A visitor from Germany posted Wed February 15, 2006:
Great picture - I love SXM!

A visitor from United States posted Wed February 15, 2006:
I can't believe the close proximity people!!! This shot has excitement and danger.

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 14, 2006:
I like this picture because my dad flys for an airline and landed here. great picture

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 12, 2006:
Wow! That is low.

I hear only visual approaches are avaliable here. It seems as though it would be safer to add an ILS.

A visitor from Slovenia posted Sun February 12, 2006:
Amazing! sxm keeps on impressing us.......;)

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 7, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 7, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Netherlands Antilles posted Mon February 6, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 6, 2006:
It doesn't get any lower than this! simply amazing

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Amazing

hopefully can visit someday amd experience in person

A visitor from Ireland posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Simply amazing!!!

A visitor from Luxembourg posted Mon February 6, 2006:
I love it

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon February 6, 2006:
People should be prohibited to be there.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Roger that gears down and locked=P about 21-30ft off the ground

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 6, 2006:
This type of photo never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for the great shot.

A visitor from Indonesia posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Fantastic take....

A visitor from Italy posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Excellent shot Massimo, so lucky to be there!

A visitor from Italy posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Great shot!! Ciao Bibbi

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Great capture of the moment!! It's really sad what the hurricanes have done to the beach this past season.

A visitor from United States posted Mon February 6, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Finland posted Mon February 6, 2006:
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.

A visitor from Malaysia posted Mon February 6, 2006:
If i were there, i would like to jump and touch those tires..! -Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology Student-

A visitor from Taiwan posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Great shot!!

A visitor from Australia posted Mon February 6, 2006:
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!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon February 6, 2006:
Was he checking if the wheel brakes were off

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Excellent shot, I would love to be standing underneath that! :-D

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun February 5, 2006:
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!

A visitor from France posted Sun February 5, 2006:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Lowest Air France I've seen here beautiful shot!!!!!!!

A visitor from Austria posted Sun February 5, 2006:
It´s only fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from France posted Sun February 5, 2006:
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!

A visitor from Latvia posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Great shot!

A visitor from United States posted Sun February 5, 2006:
Simply amazing.

A visitor from Sweden posted Sun February 5, 2006:
WOW...that´s low. U can almost touch the gear´s.

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