Plane spotting down on Maho Beach

I have reached a new low: Making a special trip to take photographs and video of aircraft at an airport.

I do have an excuse: Mike Targett the editor of Flightglobal asked me because he knew I would be in one of the best places in the world to do it, and he knows a lot of our Flightglobal audience love it.

And I’ve got to admit it was fine, especially as there was a beach, sun, beer and chips.

Here are the results, and we’ve got video which we’ll process shortly.

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This first shot is the aircraft most people at Maho Beach in St Maarten were waiting for: an Air France A340. As you can see the beach is narrow and there is a sandy road in between the beach and the runway threshold fence.

The aircraft roar in just metres above the sun-seekers here at this Caribbean island. And the landing spectacle is clearly a popular local attraction.

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There is an old surf board mounted in the sand telling the bar dwellers what time the aircraft are scheduled to arrive.

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And it is not just jetliners of course. Here’s a Winair Twin Otter.

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US Airways makes it in as well.

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And notice those warning signs – here’s a close-up.

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Flightblogger eat your heart out mate!

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7 Responses to Plane spotting down on Maho Beach

  1. Glen Towler 7 December, 2009 at 6:07 am #

    Must admit it looks like the best place in the world to go plane spotting and taking pics maybe when I win the lotto I will go there

  2. sbord1 15 December, 2009 at 5:04 am #

    I’ve been there several times. Nothing beats a late afternoon , early evening watching the planes come in. Sunset Beach Bar is always the highlight of my trips. St. Maarten very resonable hotel/timeshares. Flights, use miles, greatest way to go.

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