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 Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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