Remarks: Having been to St. Maarten five times over the last five years, I've become quite weary of the standard 'over the beach' shot that's become so popular from one of the most scenic places to view aircraft in the world. On this trip, I really concentrated on trying to capture angles and compositions I'd never seen from St. Maarten before. This photo captures, I feel, the greater essence of St. Maarten: people enjoying the pool, sunning on lounge chairs, enjoying lunch at the Tortoga Beach Cafe, and even a single person snorkling just off shore in the beautiful waters of Maho Bay. There is so much more to St. Maarten than taking airplane pictures, and it's a shame some people don't ever take the time to realize that.
Remarks: The Cathay 742 was slow to roll and being heavy stayed on the runway a long while. The Dragonair eventually touched down when the Cathay was still on the runway! A little too close for comfort.
Remarks: If one had an opportunity fly in formation with a space shuttle orbiter in the Earth's atmosphere, it would look like this. I purposely chose to have Earth background so that a sense of scale and depth can be gleaned. With commander Charles Hobaugh at the controls, "Atlantis" executed a sweeping right overhead turn to loose altitude and speed to line up for landing. The two sonic booms heralding the arrival in Florida occurred just prior. Welcome home "Atlantis"! Dear President Obama, Please keep them flying!