Josef Hoflehner – Jet Airliner

Jet Airliner is a nice photographic series by Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner of arriving and departing airplanes at the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies.

111 Responses to “Josef Hoflehner – Jet Airliner”
  1. just a little too close for comfort…

    impressive imagery :)

  2. xuantian says:

    Wow.. NICE PHOTOS. I like the way the photographers combines the “serious” jet with the causal and relaxed life together. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. :)

  3. brick says:

    Love the pictures…that last KLM one is crazy. The monster double decker coming in. Need to get there someday to witness it myself.

  4. 1stpeaksteve says:

    Good choice in shooting in black & white!

    I am always amazed when I see photos of this runway but your photos added a twist to it. I think of the beach as relaxing. I can only imagine the draft from the planes with the noise must be the exact opposite! Ha ha!

  5. I’ve always been so terrified of planes coming so close to the ground. I’d probably start screaming and shaking.
    Fascinating photos!


  6. I love the black and whites …. and how everyone looks so calm!

  7. Carlos Ferreira says:

    Incredible stuff – I think I had seen some of these in the past, but it’s great to see them all in one place. Thank you!

  8. lilbrigs says:

    Reblogged this on houseofzippers and commented:
    This is so cool. I love airplanes.

  9. Sami says:

    Fantastic shots. My personal favourite is the one before last of the KLM plane.

  10. Urban Diva says:

    Ahhhh… Maho Beach in St. Maarten! I was just there last month… was able to get some awesome shots of planes landing as well, though not nearly the artistic masterpieces you have here. *wink* Love them in black and white as well.
    Looking forward to seeing more posts.

  11. marthamel says:

    Amazing! All-time favourite “free” activity is to watch plans land and I was fortunate enough to experience this in St. Maarten during a layover to Paris. Photos are fantastic!

  12. marthamel says:

    Amazing! All-time favourite “free” activity is to watch plans land and I was fortune enough to experience this in St. Maarten during a Europe bound layover. Photos are amazing!

  13. TJ Johnston says:

    Congrats for being Freshly Pressed!

  14. jessiekanelos says:

    Hallucinating photos!

  15. Wow how amazing, cool shots i love the people on the beach you have captured this so well.Cheers Callie

  16. Scott says:

    Incredible–the planes look close enough to touch! Somehow reminds me of the French film, “La Jetee”.

  17. Wow! Amazing images. I’ve actually seen a few videos of landings at this location and it’s really amazing. I am not a fan of flying but I will be traveling this summer and landing in what I am told is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. I am NOT looking forward to it.

  18. gaycarboys says:

    St Maarten certainly seem to be the place to take great shots. I love the ones where the planes take off away from the beach blasting the beach goers

  19. Reblogged this on The Idiomatics and commented:
    Cool pix!

  20. Bobby says:

    This is Maho Beach, yes? I’ve wanted to visit SXM for a long time. These are incredible images!

  21. Really good photos! I like the black and white effect!

  22. zilko says:

    SXM!! Gotta love this place!!

  23. vicoropeza says:

    I love your pictures and I would certainly like to go there sometime, it looks fun and thrilling!
    Thanks for sharing (:

  24. andy1076 says:

    That is cool! Isn’t the engine noise ear piercing though?

  25. Awesome contrast and depth.

  26. Not bad, but do you have it in colour?

  27. SimplySage says:

    Whew…beyond wild…!

  28. hugopoems says:

    Excellent. It must smell like sea salt and exhaust in that area!

  29. Those photos are simply incredible!

  30. jesuskarto says:

    WoW…. feels like some day in the past

  31. hobart123 says:

    Incredibly Close!

  32. Amazing shots. You’ve been at right place at the right time. Of course you must’ve waited patiently at those spots for the flight to arrive.

  33. dawn says:

    just amazing

  34. Zenwalker says:

    Did the engine’s exhaust blew off the bikinis any time? :D ;)

  35. Julio RB Caiafa says:

    imagens excitantes!!!… buscar a relação (o diálogo/discurso) entre o objeto, o avião, e as pessoas nos brinda com a surpresa contida na própria imagem, uma por uma, e qual seja o propósito do fotografar torna-se claro o sentido da emoção, emocionar…
    ”images exciting!!!… seek the ratio (speech/dialogue) between the object, the airplane, and peoples regales us with the surprise in the picture itself, one by one, and what is the purpose of the photograph becomes clear sense of excitement, thrill … Good, very good!!!

  36. angelique523 says:

    I think the use of black and white is fantastic. I have recently watched videos of this very same strip of beach on YouTube. It was excellent to find your blog after watching them. Timing was perfect. Your blogging rocks! Keep it up.

  37. wrands says:

    Amazing photos!

  38. Renju says:


  39. You’ve just added a new destination to my bucket list. I’ve seen shots from here before but these are truly captivating. Great job!

  40. TheBurntMap says:

    Excellent!! Never knew it flies this close! Interesting clicks!

  41. tadamick says:

    Great photos. Love the black and white.

  42. ghummakkad says:

    Brilliant pictures! The charm of black and white!

  43. Fantastic shots! Love the perspective and the juxtoposition of the planes to the bathers in bikinis :-) Nice post!

  44. Reblogged this on The Porsche Independent Repair and commented:
    Love the theme and super compositions. Love the B/W

  45. dreamz infra says:

    superb pics.. like it very much.

  46. A.MURUGESAN says:


  47. Martin says:

    Reblogged this on Martin Sketchley and commented:
    Great photography.

  48. putuekaphotography says:

    One of my favourite photographer

  49. angelajesh says:

    Wow.. wish to see it for real…
    You be my inspiration.. hehe
    Well here in Indonesia, Sout east Asia, i also hear Airplane machine when they will landing but it is annoying such a noise, and it is not as near as you in that photo’s so the only thing i always thinking about you is.. how it feels to catch a picture of an airplane so close enough? dont you feel noisy too? or is it make you feel satisfied because you love airplane soo much
    Cool Picture :)
    THumbs Up for you :)

  50. PressSurfer says:

    great imagery. Cheers!

  51. niqoro says:

    Reblogged this on I blog, You read. and commented:
    Planes carry goods, people and a lot of noise. They are incredible.

  52. really amazing …… If i was there means would have touched

  53. sirarmany says:

    i guess as scary to the eyes deafening to the ears. Are the people used to it or what? They seem it happens everyday.

  54. pjrebordao says:

    Reblogged this on nineelevenophilia and commented:
    And now for something completely different…

  55. Just spotted your blog on the ‘freshly pressed’ section. Beautiful blog!

  56. rossanaf says:

    Congrats, great photos you have here!

  57. Shimky says:

    Superb photos. Many thanks!

  58. Wow.Stunning! That plane does fly really close to those sun worshippers….cool!

  59. oh my gosh, those shots are amazing. And I’ve always wanted to go to St. Maarten as well – so now I have a spot to check out when I do go.
    Not sure if this has been asked already, but what camera and lens(es) did you use to take the photos with – if I may ask?

  60. Wow! Beautiful work. The photographer has an excellent sense of timing.

  61. abichica says:

    That is amazing!!! your pictures are brilliant!!! wooww!!! :-)

  62. Reblogged this on My Library Card Wore Out and commented:
    I know that I am book blogger, but I really want to go and visit this place and I have been seeing some tv documentaries and posts abou this place and I just had to share this with you.
    Who wants to ride the fence with me while the jet takes off? :P

  63. starlight says:

    i’ve heard about that place.. awesome photographs! and if i’m there i would probably be taking pictures too.

  64. aFrankAngle says:

    Impressively fun from one of the world most unique beaches!

  65. roger says:


  66. These are all fantastic pictures but the second to last is particularly impressive!

  67. fraeuleinfrost says:

    I’ve seen a lot of pictures of this special “event”. But I’ve never seen such good ones.


  68. lthibault11 says:

    WOW!!!! Unbelievable shots. I am equally scared to death of planes (flying) and fascinated by them. I would love to see this in person. Really, really, REALLY cool.

  69. peppersasen says:

    hey, is that a current KLM fleet? that looks like a Boeing 737-800! but it looks so retro, i thought these were retro pics. i’m confused? :|

  70. Wow – these pictures are absolutely amazing.
    Great post.

  71. Those photographs are SO cool! -great job.

  72. pioliang says:

    seriously intense and humorous pictures here! I ove them. More more!! :)

  73. ribbie says:

    I love these! I’m a fan of jet watching myself. I sometimes head out to UMASS, Boston to watch them descend en route to nearby Logan Airport. The black and white makes for a much more dramatic visual.

  74. You could not pay me enough money to sit on that beach and have a megaton plane fly inches away. No thanks. You are brave to get those photos, too. :P

  75. ernestwhile says:

    I notice there are lots of aerodynamics going on that don’t involve widebodies, too. Rowr.

  76. The Hook says:

    These shots are absolutely spectacular!

  77. tcadrianlam says:

    Amazing set of images!

  78. Jessica says:

    Whoa, that’s so close it’s making me nervous just looking at them! Very cool.

  79. nycnyc says:

    I landed in this airport in an Airbus from Pan American World Airways. I heard the pilots talking in the gate house about who was doing the landing and the takeoff.

  80. stevenffox says:

    amazing images great work

  81. presjzuma says:

    Honestly, I think it is extremely dangerous and foolish to put a beach right on short finals??!!?! If I was the pilot, I would probably prang on landing whilst catching a glance at all those bikini clad butts and buns! What on earth were they thinking?

    Fantastic photos, by the way. Great “positioning”.

  82. loveletterslove says:


  83. skitalica says:

    great tones & contrast!

  84. ritarivera says:

    that is just plain crazy to have planes land that close to a beach and to people!! is this really the way it is? great photographs! – rita

  85. Sofie Marklund says:


  86. jemilp says:

    I really do love these shots!

  87. ejonsie10 says:

    Reblogged this on Warehouse Wonder and commented:
    want to go here so badly haha!
    The black and white makes these images appear so magical and surreal. This place, Princess Juliana International Airport, is definitely on the bucket list!

  88. robd2 says:

    Nice stunning angles and composition. Great job fitting in the airplanes with the rest of the scenery.

  89. geordiesgirl says:

    Epic Photography. Really Special.

  90. toemailer says:

    Amazing shots! We would love to post the 2nd phphoto down at toemail if you do not mind? Would provide links for you and the artist.

  91. ashee says:


  92. manosfik says:

    nice pics. well done!

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