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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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[Photojournalism > Places] ( Featured by Helewidis )
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot!
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columbia102 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, St. Maarten, such a fun little island! :D
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Sorath-Rising Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I just came from a vacation here. Incredible experience.
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JMG787 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
LOW
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:iconprestonthecarartist:
prestonthecarartist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Photographer
wow! Looks really neat :)
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PhoenixSpeed Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
O_e
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:iconellymango:
ellymango Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Would being that close to a landing airplane not be really, ear-meltingly loud?
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JMG787 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Yeah, but they are only that close for about a half second so it doesn't last long.
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:iconellymango:
ellymango Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh, thanks for clearing that up!
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caspermycat2 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
wow i dont think i would be able to get that close to an airplane without alot of courage
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Callsign-Shutter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
how are they allowed to fly that low? I know its for landing but bloody hell! Great Image btw!
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JMG787 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
They're not normally that low unfortunately
Also, it is a shorter runway and KLM still use big planes so they have to come in a bit lower.
:)
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TaRtOoN-Man94 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
if your a resident, this is pretty normal for you.
But the tourists go Nuts over it!
Then again if you Are a resident, you're probably not even On that side of the Island at this time of day!
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hey. I used to live there my whole life, but now im doing my studies in holland. You are right though. It's become more and more popular over time.
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TaRtOoN-Man94 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I still live here my whole life.
I wouldnt say More popular, it's the same popular. because Now it's rougly the only thing that you can do in StMaarten that you Cant do in Miami.
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Freak-Leopatra Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
wtf?! that's freakin awesome!
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Titanicwolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Oh yeah, I saw this on Discover Channel. World's most dangerous airports. I sure wouldn't wanna get under one of those things. XD
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TheAkula Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Top ten destination number three.
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The article has finally gone up: [link]

Thanks for the permission to use your image. :D
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PiiiRKO Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great snapshot!! :) :+fav:
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I am currently writing an article for Phototuts+ [link] and would like to feature this photograph in a greatest aviation photography list.

Naturally you would be credited for the photography and a link to this page would be given.

I do need a reply pretty quickly! Thanks for reading.

Peter Sawyer (aka Peewee1002)
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Sure go ahead. Thanks :)
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peewee1002 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you. Will email again when it goes live.
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YanYu Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
I wish I were there! I love seeing the grime underneath the plane. XD
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DutchMacPhisto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
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DutchMacPhisto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Sorry: Your lovely work got a feature here: [link]
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White-Wine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
AH!! i love st. martenn!!! :heart:

but not many people go there ;A;

lots of cutey mountain goats too :heart:
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indui Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! I saw this in the National Geographic magazine and knew it seemed familiar! This is incredible.. what a perfect shot
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Tora044 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh I saw this onJanuary's National geographic, congratulations! :)
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A-M4-COM Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really jealous now! One of my biggest dreams,that go to St. Marteen to the best airport in th world! :)
There... peoples can feel the planes real power! What is (to be honest) everyone's dream,to feel a big power by an airplane! :D
Excellent picture!
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ecklenomics Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
HEY. I saw recognized this photo when I saw it on January's National Geographic magazine. Nice goin'! :D
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010   Photographer
a-ma-zing shot! ... omg, this is just impossible! can't be! LOL ... truly amazing!
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
It is real :P
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010   Photographer
Yeah... I believe it, and it's stunning and awesome! :faint: :clap:
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Rolomie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
wow <-- tatz wt i could sa only -v-
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shootdamoon24 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
wouldn't it damage the ear drums ?

An incredible shot though !!!
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
It passes really fast, ntot enough time to do any damage ;)
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cruigesa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
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bgnr Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
congratulations very well deserved, i will make sure i buy a copy....absolutley amazing
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
thanks darlin, enjoy it!
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Salita18 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... do they really come THAT close?? that's awesome... :P
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
yup.. its that close!
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Salita18 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing.. really.. XD
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Yuki1987 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
amazing shot!
I have to go there at some point in my life :D
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strangelight Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Remarkable, great framing, and definitely worthy of a :+fav:... :D
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
yes! This shot was the one that took most thought. Took me 5 days before I figured a shot no one has done from this very photographed place.
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Blood-Asp0123 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible shot! Could you hear anything afterwords?
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
It went over so fast that it didnt damage my eardrums :P
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Blood-Asp0123 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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silverdragon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
yes RLY!
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