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July 16, 2006

Planespotting in St. Maarten


Above, a real, unphotoshopped picture taken by Justin Cederholm of an Air France Boeing 747 coming in for a landing at Philipsburg/St. Maarten–Princess Juliana Airport in the Netherland Antilles on October 28, 2001.

Below, the same plane as photographed by Chris Weldy, the man in the white shirt just under the plane's nose in the top photo.

Weldy noted, "This is lower than it looks in wide angle... when it was over my head, I quite nearly wet myself."


I can see how that might be the case.

[via Daniel Rutter and dansdata.com]

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A good reason to double check your hotel location and opt for the French side of the island.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jul 18, 2006 2:02:48 PM

Nice pics of the landing. Brings back a memory of when I first drove by Moffett Field here in Silicon Valley - some of the huge transport planes come in real low right over the freeway and I nearly drove off the road as it seemed like the plane was going to land right on top of me.

By the way, am I seeing things or does it look like the dude in the bottom right corner (of the top photo) seems to be watching the landing sans bathing suit?

Posted by: GBrown | Jul 17, 2006 7:56:43 PM

There are plenty more shots of the St Maarten approach on the excellent-for-wasting-several-days airliners.net.

Tyre inspection 1:

Tyre inspection 2:

Not terribly low, but very wide angle, note also another photographer in the foreground:

This is currently this Gooney Bird's service ceiling (he's been meaning to have the engines repaired):

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Jul 17, 2006 1:57:25 AM

From the same beach:


Just a little fun with cars and a 747:


Who needs cable tv?

Posted by: mattp9 | Jul 16, 2006 4:35:10 PM

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