North America

Low Flying Airplanes at Maho Beach

By February 28, 2018 January 8th, 2024 No Comments

Maho Beach on the Caribbean’s Saint Martin island in North America is famous as world’s best plane spotting place, with airplanes flying so low that they can even blow people into the ocean. Quite interesting. Isn’t it!!!! This beach is quite near to the Princess Juliana International Airport. As people swim and play at the beach, low flying planes can be frequently spotted and smell of kerosene fills up the air.

American Airlines Boeing 737-800, arriving from Miami International.

Insel Air McDonnell Douglas MD-82, arriving from Curacao.

Josef Hoflehner, a famous photographer and his son Jakob Hoflehner spent about two months at this beach to discover images for their book, Jet Airliner: The Complete Works. In the words of Josef Hoflehner, it is an extraordinary place where you can get to see the airplanes so close without buying a ticket.
Hoflehner and his son took about four trips to there, shooting every day and clicking pictures. They made note of each landing plane’s flight information. The funny part is that you never know when the next flight is arriving and so you need to keep standing with your cameras to get the click.

Continental Airlines Boeing 737-700, arriving from Newark-Liberty.

JetBlue Embraer 190, arriving from San Juan.

United Airlines Airbus A320-200, arriving from Washington-Dulles.

Also, it’s quite difficult to click pictures as most people on the beach would be moving here and there and you usually have to walk or run with them if you want them in the image.
There might be some occasion where the Hoflehners saw people posing for photos with their friends and grabbed the opportunity to take their own shots.

Air France Airbus A340-300, arriving from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

American Airlines Boeing 737-800, arriving from Miami International.

Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200, departing to Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400, arriving from Amsterdam-Schiphol.

U.S. Airways Boeing 757-200, arriving from Charlotte-Douglas.

Nataly Hayes

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