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September 27, 2009
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You too close

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Photography > Photojournalism> Places

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Incredible low approach of a Boeing 747 on the tiny island of St. Maarten.

i love this picture not only because it's a fantastic scene, but because of the reaction from the bystanders, they seriously look like they are enjoying this moment!

The reason for the low approach and incredible close action is because this is the shortest commercial runway (almost 8 thousand ft) that the 747 lands in the world. Also, because the end of the runway features so close to a main road and beach, makes it popular for tourists and aviation nuts as well.

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From Wiki:

Incoming airplanes approach the island on short final for Runway 9 flying low over the famous Maho Beach. At any other airport aircraft fly at the same altitude at that point in the approach, but other airports don't have a beach, road and a fence just beyond the runway end. Pictures of low flying aircraft were published in several news magazines worldwide in early 2000 and looked so unreal that some were even disputed as fakes. The thrilling approaches and ease of access for shooting spectacular images made the airport one of the world's favorite places among planespotters. To meet changing international and local regulations a 150 meter safety extension was required.



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You can see a crazy video of this cool place at : [link]

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other landings and reactions:

Image size
3659x2440px 5.98 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Aperture
F/6.3
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jul 14, 2009, 3:12:07 PM
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TheRealHax1's avatar

I might visit during the winter