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On the beach at Saint Maarten

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On the beach at Saint Maarten

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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 02, 2011 08:29PM

The hidden side of the Travelocity beach vacation. Beedly-boop!
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 03, 2011 12:01PM

What's not to like? Surf, Sand, Jetwash.grinning
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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 03, 2011 04:55PM

I read that is a favorite beach for aviation enthusiasts.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 03:19AM

Full flaps, right at stall speed, No margin for error. They say that Dutch pilots are the best in commercial aviation.



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GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 07:34AM

I think you'll find that the above is a French plane (Corsair). The pilots could be Dutch I suppose, but it is unlikely.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 12:34PM

Plane looks like it has KLM markings, so it was an assumption on my part. Looks like a nice place to visit.
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 02:31PM

Compare to this shot, 9er:


Similar colour combined with the 'm' on the fuselage means it is an easy mistake to make, but the smile on the tail rather then the crown and the lack of the dark blue stripe give it away.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 02:53PM

If it was right at stall speed then it would actually stall wouldn't it?
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 05:13PM

That close to the runway it's a controlled fall rather than flying.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 05:53PM

Ah, I see. Easy mistake indeed. Nonetheless, I have the utmost respect for the pilots and crews who pilot these behemoths, especially on a challenging approach like this one!



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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 09:34PM

That makes some sense, thanks. When I was in the Navy it was interesting to watch F4 Phantoms shoot off the cat on a carrier. It actually would be in a stall and momentarily drop out of sight just below the bow of the flight deck. You could feel the tension in the air until the aircraft became visible again.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 10:07PM

Yeah, I always thought it was pretty amazing how they basically use a mechanical steam powered slingshot to chunk the aircraft off the bow of a carrier, then hope the candle's lit well enough for it to make it airborne eye popping
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'Course though that takes some serious guts to get slung off the end of the deck, landin on a pitching deck is the real test of nerves and ability rolled into a life or death precarious few seconds.

I would think Navy aviators have to have their shit seriously stowed away or else get it stowed for 'em at the bottom of the sea if not eye popping
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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 04, 2011 10:52PM

The planes I worked on in the Navy (A7) were the first with "fly by wire" technology that could link up with the ship's nav systems and it was cool to watch them on approach in perfect sync with the movement of the fight deck. Even with that technology I wouldn't have the guts to do it.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:09AM

Landin' a Helo on deck is much easier. grinning
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BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 03:15PM

That is true although the only helo ride I had landed on a carrier deck and still bounced about 3 times before it finally settled down. I don't know about riding in other copters but the SH-3 was one hell of a shaky ride. Everything vibrated so much it seemed like a wonder it didn't just shake apart.