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This one was MUCH lower than anything else that came in while we were here. The person in the white shirt just under the nose wheel is Chris Weldy. See it from <a href=http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?id=199562>his angle</a>
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    Justin Cederholm
    Air France
    Boeing 747-228BM
    Boeing 747-200 (C-25/E-4)
    Boeing 747-200 (C-25/E-4)
    Boeing
    21745
    370
    F-BPVY
    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    October 28, 2001
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Comments (99)

Anonymous
12 years ago
I find this photo is excellent, because not many people get great shots like this one, and i find it amazing that planes land so low at this island. i already booked a ticket to go and see it for myself, it's a one in million airports like this. the shot is just perfect and it has so much more to say about it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It is just surreal to see people swim just under the plane. well captured and sharp too.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Almost a sandy landing. that would be loud 4 jet engines right above you.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow... never seen a plane flying so low...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its just a really great photo its at least tweenty feet above the ground
Anonymous
11 years ago
Breath taking! I gotta go there!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beyond cool!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The background and foreground are equally viewable. it makes me wonder how many landings he watched before catching the lighting as it is. i would like to see this scene with the sun directly overhead.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What a rush to be so close to something that big whizzing past. a bit of wind or wind sheer would be a disaster as it is so low to the beach, fence and such. Wind change off the ocean. I was on an aircraft carrier and know about fast planes at close quarters.
Anonymous
11 years ago
What an amazing place to go. Great Photo
Anonymous
11 years ago
What the HECK is wrong with this airport?


http://www.airliners.net/open.file/211543/M/
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/027599/M/
And there's a third somewhere else on the site ...

As said by myself before, a great place to go if you like nude beaches and getting detailed looks at aircraft. Feel sorry for any passenger spotting that guy in the thong. Or maybe he's wearing nothing.

But great photography on the part of the photgrapher!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's an amazing scenario it looks like a huge animal coming out of the water
Anonymous
11 years ago
The closeness between whats in the air where is the ground.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just amazing to see it so close to end of the runway
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think I would be lying flat on the beach, trying to avoid the landing gear.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The Boeing is terrifying low - a great shot of "Air Fence" ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Because its very close to the ground
Anonymous
11 years ago
I wonder if the PAR Controller says "Over nude beach" "over approach lights on course on glidepath"
Anonymous
11 years ago
Scary!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great shot
thanks
Anonymous
11 years ago
An EXCELLANT Photograph. I would love to go and wtch some other planes land here!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
The extremely low approach this aircraft is making, literally almost on top of the people on the beach, makes it exciting and scary at the same time. If the pilots aren't really, really good, you could have the making of a real catastrophe. I personally would find somewhere else to swim or get a suntan!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a place that should keep pilots on their
toes; especially the 747's from Europe. The runway
is too short for a 747 takeoff for Europe; they
have to go for a refuel somewhere in the vicinity.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'm amazed I've never seen anything like this, ever. Kudos to you for the shot, are rare find indeed.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Although this is a concerning photo, those on the ground are seeing a landing that not many get to see. I wish I was there.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have a similiar photo of another Air France 747 making this approach (although slightly higher of the ground). When I show that photo to people they refuse to believe it's the real deal and think it's a doctored photo. I then show them some other shot's of other aircraft landing there at Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. But I must admit, sometimes I wondered the same thing until I spoke to folks that have visited the island. If I ever get to visit, I'm going to this spot and hopefully it will be downwind when I'm there !!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I was in St Maarten in March of 2001 flying the R44 Police helicopter N644PD. I stood on the road underneath a landing 747 1 day, and must say, I felt as if I could touch the plane, and was a bit nervous. But it is higher than it appears. I forgot the website, but the sunset bar, near to where this photo was taken has a web cam that allows you to watch it live everyday. The 747 comes in between 4 and 6 pm every day. and it is an awesome sight to see. Also some fun is when the 74 takes off, you can stand at the end of the runway, and the jet blast is SO strong you have to hold the airport fence to stay put! I know, I tried! Cliff
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture! I have been to St. Maarten 4 times and am still thrilled to watch the planes. It is quite a feeling to be on the beach as one flies overhead. I have also seen people thrown into the water when a plane takes off--you have to be careful. I am going back to the island next month--will return to the beach since I stay at Maho resort--it is a blast!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow.
Really captures the size comparision compared to the people on the beach!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow?!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Best picture ever!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a verry good picture!!! you have taken a clare picture with good details!! good!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic!!!, where is this beach? And can anybody receonmend where is best to view these planes coming into land?
Would love to spend a day on this beach getting a tan and watching these planes soar over your head!

Anonymous
10 years ago
No ILS? If there's any runway in the world that desperately needs an ILS, it's this one!
-Yair
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb shot, the perspective with the foreground and backdrop brilliantly illustrates the feeling of how this plane was
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just look at the subject matter!! Enough said.
Anonymous
10 years ago
What an amazing pic. Beach and Plane--what's not to LOVE
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW....it;s a scary yet amazing shot...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Olalalala..... thats amazing....i couldn`t blink my eyes for few mins n my mouth is still open.. lol
Anonymous
10 years ago
The best land ever! Can you imagine yourself at the beach, and a 747 almost hits your head? Great!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good one!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Never seen before
Anonymous
10 years ago
True St. Martin experience
Anonymous
10 years ago
Brings back excellent memories. Have been there when these planes came in and out. It is awesome!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The plane is amazingly low
Anonymous
10 years ago
I wish I knew where that beach is loacted. I would so go their
Anonymous
10 years ago
Belllissssima
Anonymous
10 years ago
B'coz it really Amazing
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very goooood
Anonymous
10 years ago
oh man..... that could of been bad!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing! i am so going there!
Anonymous
10 years ago
All i have to say is WHOAH! what is with this pilot
he not even close to the touchdown marks on the runway, id be calling the FAA on that pilot
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow - never seen a flying plane so close to a populated beach. If I saw only this picture, I would think "photoshop". But: It is real, there are videos on the net!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Princess Juliana Airport, I want to go there!!!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The ultimate plane watcher site!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The photograph is clear,shows real landing profile of B-747
Anonymous
10 years ago
Impressive, it makes me shiver and feel the aircraft on top of me!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Two words...VERY VERY GOOD!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Gigantic, close, amazing, IT'S A PHENOMENON!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow, thats all i can say!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just like Waynes world
Anonymous
10 years ago
Shocking image, love to see that live
Anonymous
10 years ago
That plane is so low it blew the pants of that guy!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is the greatest!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
In the world of make believe,u can almost touch it!it's exciting!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Modern technology always carries a certain amount of "Risk." This photo shows it in an entirely unique way.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Perfect timing!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Timing can be everything. Framing is very good.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Just fantastic this picture from my favorite Island I have been many,many times.Landing takes your breath and starting when beachlovers get sandblasted...! Crazy and perfect! Eddy
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is a great shot And the scenery makes it stand out
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great detail and pose of beachgoers
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is the beach where I want to spend my vacation, "mooning" the passangers.hahaha
Anonymous
8 years ago
Oh my gosh!!! That plane has got to be practically on the ground. 5* for this photo. Perfect timing for this shot.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow. This shows just how massive these aircraft really are. I bet that is loud as hell too. Wish I could see it in person!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Wow! The gear's not even fully down yet.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Sweet!
Anonymous
7 years ago
OMG wow this just one of those shots that you wish you had a camera, this person was lucky.
Anonymous
7 years ago
What a photo. i have seen many pictures of princess juliana but this won really shows how low they get.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Only in st. maarten , the best 'plane' beach in the world
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very clear shot. You can see the aircraft's shadow on the beach. Perfect focus.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Super picture, just imagine feel the heat of the engines leaving behind..
Anonymous
6 years ago
Some guys will do anything to impress the 'babes' on the beach;)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing photo of an air france going over the beach but if there is a problem the location is horrible cause the plane can crash in the beach tring to go to the airport and it can explode if the fuel tanks die
Anonymous
6 years ago
I wish i was on that beach when that picture was taken.Nice shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
WHOO WHOO!Thats what I'm talking about!
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a fine picture well done j k nz
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Absurd low.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Gorgeous view as well as the AC
Anonymous
5 years ago
This motion shot is well framed/timed - a giant passenger jet just above a tourist beach... with the landing gear retracting AND a very dark cloud for a background. Visually a shock - disbelief at the proximity of the airliner to a populated area.
Anonymous
5 years ago
The people watching some wonderous, no wind on the sandy beach, . This could only happen here, very good, Wonderful. In my biased opinion, give it % Stars!!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Oh my GOD thats excellent photo no comment is it real or virtually real or accident
Anonymous
4 years ago
Stunning !
Anonymous
2 years ago
Great timing! Love the livery against the dark sky. Nice and low. Love Maho Beach for this very reason!

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