Under the tape is allready the new reg. TF-ARQ.
"Admiral Richard E. Byrd"
After a long roll, she starts to generate enough lift for a positive rate of climb
What a scene from our hotel balcony....
I'd like to take this opertunity to thank Ben Pritchard for helping me get to this spot ...
Finaly lifting off towards the rather large, and close hills of St Maarten before making a rather steep turn to avoid terrain.
Turning onto the active for a long takeoff run using almost all of the short runway here at St Maarten.
Flying one of her final APR's into SXM.
These beautiful colors won't be seen too much longer in SXM... :(
"Admiral Richard E. Byrd" Taking Off RWY 36L. By end of 2003 All KLM 747-200SUD will be retired, replaced by the B777
Catch 'em while you can. KLM won't be operating 747s (or anything else) into St. Maarten much longer.