You have probably already seen pictures and videos of giant airliners landing just a few feet above Maho Beach at Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten. They have been circulating the net in forums, blogs, and E-mail for years. Maho Beach is located only a few feet from the end of the runway. Google released high resolution satellite photos for this area (and most of the Caribbean) back in June. I downloaded a 747 Sketchup model from the Google 3DWarehouse and placed it on final approach in Google Earth. Check out the scene here in Google Earth (GE 4 Beta required). TIP: Use the middle mouse button to rotate around the scene. Unfortunately, this plane is missing it’s landing gear so the landing will be a bit scary.
Look at some amazing photos of actual planes landing here, and here is a video of a 747 landing at Maho Beach: