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July 17, 2006

Airport Fun in St. Maarten — Episode 2: Takeoffs Are a Blast!

I was gobsmacked by the photos I featured yesterday, of an Air France Boeing 747 coming in for a landing at Philipsburg/St. Maarten–Princess Juliana Airport in the Netherland Antilles.

Well, guess what?

Readers clifyt (in his Clark Kent day job at the University of Indiana he's known as Clifford C. Marsiglio) and Matt Penning sent a link to a movie (above) of a 747 taking off from that very same airport that will blow you away.

Literally — if you happen to be on the beach at the time.

Said one commenter on the video, "I've been there, it's really supercool, I stood on the beach and the sand really hurts, it's like you're being sandblasted. I jumped in the water just to get away from the sand."

[via 10 daily things at djstelios.wordpress.com]

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Just don't use the beach towel at
with its landing-strip design.

Posted by: John Anderson | Jul 18, 2006 3:54:48 AM

Ever since Hartsfield Airport installed its fifth runway things have been going similarly haywire at my house. When the planes go over my house (and much, MUCH worse at my best friend's house, one quarter mile SW of me) all hell breaks loose. I don't quite get sandblasted, but yesterday an eagle got blown off course -- landed in my tiny little backyard birdbath, trying to get a drink and figure out what happened. No lie -- an EAGLE. Huge talons hooked over the edge, trying to unfurl all five or so feet of its wingspan. It's crazy around here.

Anybody seeking a thrill can stand out in my backyard any time they want. You can wave at the passengers. Any second now - here comes another one! Wheee!

Posted by: Flutist | Jul 17, 2006 4:47:13 PM

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