No, that business is flat-out Real

In worthless gossip rags that I love to read, such as WWTDD, it’s usually the case that the first commenter to chime in always said, “first!”. This was soon challenged for the number one moron comment spot by “fake!” whenever some hot girl was the feature of the article whose breast authenticity was being called in to question. I don’t really care as either answer keeps me from delving in to the sordid world that is blog article comments.
I bring this up as when watching, this video, the natural response is to blow it off as a fake. Oh no, but it is not. It’s the typical approach to Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Martin in the Caribbean. Take a look at a couple more shots from Google Image Search or look at the fellow below, where I love the warning sign about the planes coming in and everyone just sitting around staring at that hulking bird from KLM coming in.
The reason for these absolutely low, apeshit landings is best seen on Google Maps. The runway is a mere 2,433 meters long. For comparison, the runways most of us usually land on at SFO are 3,231and 3,618 meters. What this short distance for St. Martin means is that the planes need to drop in exceedingly low on their approach, prior to touchdown and you end up with what is one of the more insane things to watch.
Of course, there is apparently only one airline still flying the 747 like the one you see in that video. Most other airlines are flying slightly smaller planes these days as flights are down, fuel costs are up, and taking a plane loaded with 500 or so people down a skinny runway was probably not anyone’s idea of a safe time; at airline headquarters, as I’m sure the pilots get super buzzed about it. It should be noted that there have never been any incidents at the airport. This make sense, because the weather is good, the land is flat, and if the pilot had to land somewhere other than the runway, he has nice shallow water all around to dump in to and I’m sure on every approach the passengers must be thinking that that is probably what is about to happen since they see nearly nothing except water until they touch down.
No, that business is flat-out Real

2 Replies to “No, that business is flat-out Real”

    1. I think that the beach is actually closed. Plus, it’s quite small compared to others on the island.

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