Remarks: KLM 785 from Amsterdam, operated today by the City of Hong Kong, glides over a (very) overcrowded Maho Beach, catching a burst of sunlight on an otherwise fairly cloudy afternoon. Six cruise ships called at the port of St. Maarten on this Tuesday, and watching the action at "The Princess" is one of the most popular activities for ship passengers on the island; in fact, a bus delivering another load of "spotters for the day" can be seen arriving in the background.
Remarks: A panoramic overview of the Observation Tower at Osaka's Kansai Airport. This seems to be a very popular hangout for locals and foreigners alike, as evidenced by the newly introduced shuttle service from the main terminal.
Remarks: Can you imagine a scene any more tranquil? The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea were glowing with stunning color more on this day than I'd ever seen, or have seen since. Completing the scene, the most graceful airliner ever built descends toward the earth, seconds away from another testament to modern technology and man's genius.
Remarks: Air Force One was low and slow as she departed runway 25R from the A4 intersection, becoming airborne less than 1,000 feet from the end of the runway. Here she climbs over the palms of Vegas, and a west coast staple in the United States, Jack in the Box!
Remarks:Not as hardcore as she is! A lovely lady has her SLR at a unique angle as she captures AA's daily JFK arrival over Maho Beach in picturesque St. Maarten. I believe we were both kneeling in the sand for this particular arrival, but she definitely had the one up in the contest for the most interesting photo perspective. There was one other key difference, however: she was about to get extremely wet. I wasn't!
Remarks: In perfect synchrinosity, three F/A-18F Super Hornets shadow the Omega Tanker as the fourth takes gas out of view. These birds, from VFA-41 at NAS Lemoore, California, are known as the "Black Aces."
Remarks: The palms are swaying, the waters are brilliant crystal blue, and the sun is warm on another gorgeous afternoon on St. Maarten as United's weekly service from Chicago is about to land on runway 09.