OH MY WORD!! This Takeoff Over Sint Maarten’s Maho Beach is Awesome! (Video)

I’ve seen some pretty cool landings and takeoffs at Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport, but this one has to be the best.

Airplanes normally takeoff towards the mountains and away from Maho Beach, in an easterly direction. Depending on the winds, however, planes sometimes depart to the west, over Maho Beach. When a takeoff occurs to the west, the plane usually lifts off well before the end of the runway so that it’s several hundred feet above the beach as it passes over (click here to see a “normal” westward takeoff).

Well, in this video the pilot stays very low during the initial liftoff, buzzing right over the beach, with a trajectory that remains quite a bit lower than normal once out over the water. It’s an awesome shot from the most exciting beach in the world!

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Jon Strong

I am an American and I love the island of Saint Martin! The island is like home to me and I have spent much time here over the years. I love the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this wonderful place. SXM Strong is a website where I share my thoughts and love about Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten with the world. I hope you enjoy it!

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