September 5, 2016

2425, 2738 NETHERLANDS (Sint Maarten) - Maho Beach

2425 Sint Maarten - An Air France Airbus over Maho Beach

Posted on 01.04.2016, 05.08.2016
The island of Saint Martin is served by many major airlines that daily bring in large jet aircraft, including Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s carrying tourists from across the world. The short main runway at Princess Juliana International Airport, and its position between a large hill and a beach, causes some spectacular approaches. Aviation photographers flock to the airport to capture pictures of large jets just a few metres above sunbathers on Maho Beach.

2738 Sint Maarten - Aircraft over Maho Beach

Located in Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, the Princess Juliana International Airport is the major gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Saba, St. Barthélemy and St. Eustatius. It is named after Juliana of the Netherlands, who as crown princess landed here in 1944, the year after the airport opened. Started as a military airstrip in 1942, it was converted to a civilian airport in 1943. Despite the reputed difficulties in approach, there have been no records of major incidents at the airport.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2425
The first stamp, depicting Collared Forest Falcon (Micrastur semitorquatus), is one of the twelve of the series Birds, issued on January 14, 2015. The second stamp is Allure of the seas, issued on March 2, 2015.

On the postcard 2738
The stamp is part of a series of 10 definitives, about which I wrote here.

References
Princess Juliana International Airport - Wikipedia

Sender 2425, 2738: Denise
Sent from Philipsburg (Sint Maarten / Netherlands), on 22.08.2015
Sent from Philipsburg (Sint Maarten / Netherlands), on 21.08.2016
Photo 2738: Bob Reardon 

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