Aviation Photo #1078774: Boeing 747-406 - KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines


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  • James Rowson
    KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines
    Boeing 747-406
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    24517
    782
    PH-BFG
    FG-003
    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    July 2, 2006
  • 960

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July 20, 2006
Caption
This 747 took one extremely low pass over the Maho Bay before touching down before the piano keys on runway 09. Scary stuff!
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Comments (128)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing to see the sand that it blows up, and the reaction of the people. Must be the only beach in the world where "wind in your hair" has a meaning entirely of its own.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good shot. Look at the sand and the water being stirred up by the jetwash.
To see this extremely low pass from another angle, see <a href=http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1078027/L>this</a> one!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hmmm...it's deja vu all over again. Nice to see this shot in contrast to the other photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic Stuff!!

Lee
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good to have to angels out of the same situation, lycky that you got this special evnt, hope it is unusual.
Anonymous
10 years ago
The Captain was probably retiring in a week and knew that it took the screeners 2 weeks to get a picture put up so he thought he would put on a show.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing stuff
Anonymous
10 years ago
I've been there for a 747 landing at its normal touchdown point and it feels like its going to hit you, I can't imagine what those people hugging the fence at the far end of the photo must have felt!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I know anonymity is one of the great advantages of a.net and other web forums, but I am sure if anyone knows who the crew were on this sector, they would be mightily happy to receive copies of these pics !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent picture, crazy landing...
Anonymous
10 years ago
James: Congrats on a works of art photo. Did you and Chris realize that you too had taken part in this event but from a different angle? I hope that everyone is o.k. I'm surprised that the heavy made it throgh this soft overun area. Thank you so much for sharing BRO. MCY
Anonymous
10 years ago
TNCM is heaven for flightspotters and hell for people who are trying to keep their mouths free from a ton of sand:P
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!!! I bet that was one low approach over the Beach!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture for a great landing: funny to see how the sand is blown! Itmust be very impressive...
Is there a policeman who stopped the traffic while the plane was landing? Or are those cars just parked?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great capture from another angle! Now that's massive!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That pilot certainly gave them the show they came to see.
Anonymous
10 years ago
5*! Have a look at the sand!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Way too cool!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This has to be the BEST picture I have ever seen!! Right place, right time, great work!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Is there a better spotting point than the beach at SXM?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Safe to say I'd be changing my shorts after that. Great capture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Imagine how the pilots felt!
Anonymous
10 years ago
It even is blowing some sand to the water. Some fellows had to duck close to the fence. T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great Landing!!1 Flight crew could not have landing any shorter without getting the tail wet.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great Shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hello,

you just had another position to take a picture from this "too short" landing as posted here: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1078027/M/
But I guess you both shot the picture within the same second....
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Awesome shot! Never seen a shot from this angle at Princess Juliana Airport! :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
What an early touch down! I bet the beachgoers were pretty shocked to say the least. Wonder what the pilot was thinking, perhaps he saw a pretty babe on the beach and wanted a closer look ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Absolutley breath taking. Nothing like having sand shot up every orpherus in your body. Thats some serious exfoliation.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo
Anonymous
10 years ago
St. Maarten never fails to amaze! It is so impressive and scary to see that just beyond the runway the sand is still blowing onto people standing at the beach. They are probably getting the whipping of their lives!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Best of the best very low very thrilling. look at sand how how its blown away. very nice shot good job.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'd love to be there at that precise moment!!
What a feeling to be at the fence under that giant passing so close!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Le Clipper of the fence.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Of all the SXM photos, this one really captures the essense of the beach and the airport.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A quick peek at SXM on Google Earth gives some idea of just how abnormal this landing is. As my 4 year old would say, "busted!"
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG, beautiful picture!
Anonymous
10 years ago
10 Stars!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I measured the distance from the fence to the touchdown point with Google Earth: 40 meters only!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The photo shows it all, the people the homes that surround the airport, and the beach and water. and most of all the the plane the plane. what a great photo. it shows all the detail. louie
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing, you can really see the scale of the cars and people contrasting with the plane.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice shot just about to touchdown on flareheight
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautiful perspective!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb!!!!! Best shot ever.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's simply amazing to see the Jumbo in action so close to people ,moreover in one of its best perspective and with a blue harmony between the KLM livery and the sea and...well 5 stars!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have always enjoyed a little bit of jet wash while enjoying a few cold ones at the beach.

What a view!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fab shot@
Anonymous
10 years ago
Photos like this should win awards.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautiful shot!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
The best photo of St Martin
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perfect angle, perfect approach, perfect situation... Amazing!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
OMG!! What an awesome pic. It is truly amazing the size of this mammoth!! It must have been amazing to see. I am speechless, I, I wish I was there. To bad there's only 5 stars, I could have given you 1000 stars. What a sight. Now, if only an A380 could do that in Maho Beach I would be going bonkers!! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to change my shorts.

Evan (12)
Winnipeg, Canada
Anonymous
10 years ago
This HAS to be my next year's honeymoon destination!! Who says you need anything else but the approach sceneries ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have so many thing i would like say about this picture. First, i love how the wing is flexing just before touch down. Also, if you look a little bit behind the aircraft you can see the people on the beach are getting a BIG SANSTORM by the massive engines as well as the surface of the ocean is getting a blast of its own. And finally, i can just stare at this aircraft all day; it is just so big.

Great Job
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clapping for those people who can stay under this massive jet 747. they blew up with jet thrust and again they wanted to stay there.... perfect feeling
Anonymous
10 years ago
I just LOVE these close encounters at Princess Juliana, SXM. James has captured a fantastic picture of KLM's big bird on touchdown. How many brave A.netters would have stood on beach directly underneath this beauty? Personally it would be a bit too close for me, I think I would be standing to the side. Definitely a 5 star photo and I am adding it to my album. Thanks James. :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
......some hairy pubic hair was frightened!!...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Super!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perfect picture!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice photo. The beach people really help give the scale of the size of the plane.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot! to the capt: what happened to touching down at the 1000' markers?
Anonymous
10 years ago
By gally, compleeetly nuts !!! I can't trust my eyes !!! Unbelieveble !
Anonymous
10 years ago
This picture nearly made me wee myself!!! how amazing, its one of the best shots I have seen.
The sheer magnificance of the plane, and the fact it looks close enough to touch.
Its scary and fantastic at the same time, I know where I will be booking for my holidays next year!!!!

Nicki
Anonymous
10 years ago
Just great man just great!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Very good picture. But I wonder if it isn't a little dangerous for the people on the beach to stand so close to the jetwash (although engines should be on idle at this state of landing, don't they?)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great picture! Ilove the Princess Juliana Airport! =) The Boeing 747 rocks!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
It is a nice airplane.It has a nice background.It is a nice 747-406.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Massive landing
Anonymous
9 years ago
I don't know about praising the crew, as that was blatantly (and surely dangerously) short. I wonder if KLM flight crew management has taken a look at this and invited the crew in for a little chat??
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing shot! Great job capturing both the sand blast and the extra chop in the waves coming in toward the beach.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Super! If it can i will give you 6 stars!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice photo !! i want more
Anonymous
9 years ago
How about that??? This is really something!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
2 Reds/2 Whites???? I dont think so somehow.
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a shot!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Super foto
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is an exceptional shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot ;)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot for a great bird.
Anonymous
9 years ago
By the looks of it,i would absoulutly adore going to SXM. the planes going over the top are massive with a capital M
Anonymous
9 years ago
THIS PICTURE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
A 747 in old KLM colors! Truly a great picture!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Down to early but its a great pic!sad I wasnt there when it come into the runway like that!
Anonymous
9 years ago
What a machine!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Sharp! interesting, and worth viewing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It's a great picture in action. We can imagine the sensation been above the fan on the shore.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Cool picture showing this huge 747 and people around like ants. Good quality of the pic and good camera position to take it. 5 stars.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Check out that mini sand storm from the jet wash!
Anonymous
9 years ago
One of the most interesting photos on Airliners.net and worthy of more than 5 stars. I'd be willing to bet the pilot and co-pilot had to change uniforms after that landing.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Clearly shows impact of jetwash on hairless apes
Anonymous
9 years ago
Grips of skips
Anonymous
8 years ago
Luck Guy! At the right place, at the right time. Congratulations!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Absolutely beautiful picture! Pity they can't fill in the bay at the other end of the runway, to provision for the A380. When you look at the Google Earth overview, you can see that actually this chap would be getting a black mark in the log book - for almost missing the runway and flying onto tarmac not structually supported. Nice pic though :)
Anonymous
8 years ago
I love the KLM 774's, I've flown in Foxtrot Golf about three times and it's such a lovely aircraft. I like the old KLM livery and I think it's the only plane in the old colours. Great picture, but a very dangerous landing!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Beautiful moment in time captured here.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Did you know there is another picture of this same aircraft picture. except,in the other photo, the plane is five feet back from where it is right now...
Anonymous
8 years ago
They are probably doing about a 100 knots on final... that is 51 meters (168 feet) per second! Even at 80 kts its still 41 m/sec (135 ft/sec).
By the time the front wheels of that main gear only touch the tarmac he is on the "structually supported" part! Think about it, the whole weight ouf that plane does not plunge within a few meters onto the runway... great shot!
Anonymous
8 years ago
WOW- you got just the moment before touchdown -GREAT!! (England)
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hahahaha... those guys in the beach experienced a sandstorm! KLM 747 are just great... absoulutely nice shot. I hope i could go there in Maho so exciting and beautiful.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Great Picture. For the guy who said that it is going 100 knots on final, you need to check your facts, he is going 150-180 knots depending on the aircraft loading.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Realy excellent shot!!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow that is pretty much all I can say. The setting was perfect the quality was good and overall the pure mindblowing quality of the shot. you are one of the luckiest guys in the world and your shot definatly earned a 5 star rating from me.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Simply Amazing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wing flex, a little left rudder, and a super early touchdown probably mean he had a decent fight with the wind coming down. Great capture.
Anonymous
7 years ago
The guys on the beach are being hit with sand after that low approach.
Anonymous
7 years ago
A W E S O M E
S H O T !
Anonymous
7 years ago
Outstanding Photo
Anonymous
7 years ago
Big bum
Anonymous
7 years ago
Aren't u supposed to touch down after the threshold
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's so weird to see a huge aircraft on just a few wheals, almost like tip toes. Great photo!
Anonymous
6 years ago
747 stars! A once-in-your-career approach!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Someones gonna get yelled at!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
In our gliding club landing in front of the threshold costs one box of beer. ;)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Classic st maarten. KLM stands for Know that im Low Man!
Anonymous
6 years ago
How cloce it is to thebeach and the detail on the plane is excellent its a experience you would never forget.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Must of got hit by a downdraft.
Anonymous
6 years ago
The aircraft should touch down on the landing strip after the starting point of runway . great pic
Anonymous
6 years ago
Good
Anonymous
6 years ago
The landing speed of the 747 is much greater than 100 knots. It varries greatly due to weight of the aircraft on final approach. Anywhere from 130-160 knots is normal.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Dont think he made it past the displaced threshold,, if he did then, very nicely done
Anonymous
5 years ago
Those KLM guys are nuts!
Anonymous
5 years ago
DANG! :D I need to go hang at that beach!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Anyway, It's happens! Nice Picture! doublec MW
Anonymous
5 years ago
This is one of the best photos I've seen from SXM. I would surely like to go there sometime and see something like this "in person" :). Thumbs up!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Just Incredible!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
4 years ago
Ooooooh !
Anonymous
1 year ago
I always thought that arrowed part of runway was for use in takeoffs only because that part is not as strengthened as main runway to absorb hard landing blows.