To fly on a huge Boeing just a few meters above beach with holidaymakers, to land at airport located in the sea, or to ride along runway through a busy highway full with cars – all those hardly believable things are quite real.
Princess Juliana Airport attracts tourists by incredible spectacle view both from porthole window and from the ground. Its runway crosses the entire island of St. Maarten, divided between France and the Netherlands. It is the smallest piece of land having dual citizenship. Its airfield is among the ten most dangerous in the world. The island is so small, that area for disperse and landing with length of 2180 meters is separated from the water just by a narrow strip of famous Maho Beach. For landing pilots fly several meters above the holidaymakers, raising sand dust and sea waves. Despite the fact that for giant aircraft such conditions are almost impossible (too short runway) no accidents have been recorded here.
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In addition, the island of St. Maarten attracts many plan-spotter tourists. These are people who love to watch and photograph low-flying aircraft. Princess Juliana Airport is so popular that it became the prototype for the famous game: flight simulator Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
Another intriguing air terminal is located on a Gibraltar cape at the foot of the cliff, and belongs to the Ministry of Defence of the UK. It is mainly used for military purposes, but also civil airliners flights depart from there. Tourists are mostly attracted by Gibraltar airport runway: due to lack of space it intersects with a busy highway. Thus, there are two transport streams – air and ground.
Meanwhile, in the central part of Japan aircrafts land next to cruise ships. Kansai Airport rises over the water near the cities of Osaka and Kobe. This unique and incredible air harbour is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Idea to put an airfield outside the land was a necessity: the local population feared that the noise level will exceed standard, and constructors were forced to look for options. Quite life of Osaka residents cost 15 billion USD. Engineers made mound area of 510 hectares four kilometres away from the coastline. Today it is the most expensive of all of the world's air berths. According to experts, the cost of construction of the airport, which opened nearly two decades ago, will not be repaid soon.
Gisborne Airport in New Zealand provokes fancy impression. It definitely surprises its passengers since before flying up the air, aircraft has to wait at the traffic lights. All the matter is that the runway is crossed by railroad tracks, so sometimes liners stop and wait for train to pass.
One hundred eighty columns support runway airfield of Madeira Island. The mountainous terrain did not allow having a traditional web for liners acceleration, so the power of engineering thought and hands of workers created unusual take-off line which resembles the design of bridge over water but just along coast.
In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects. We are going to tell today about one of them - the impressive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning, whether you need some vegetables, or even some extra litres of water!
For sailors to round Cape Horn situated in the very South of Argentina is a success that equals to Everest ascent for alpinists. Rush under sails around “sailor’s graveyard” defying gigantesque waves and hurricane wind turned out a success for the first time on January, 29, 1616.
Profession of a chimney-sweep has recently entered the list of the most rear occupations in the world. And as far back as some hundred years ago almost every European citizen was able to tell a lot of interesting things about these guys doomed to be covered in smear. We didn’t invent a time machine but we managed to get some facts about representatives of this vanishing trade.
We have already told you about most amazing amusement parks in terms of dimensions and breathtaking rides. Now turn has come to talk about the most unusual places to spend exciting time in. Outlook warns: adrenaline level rises not just because of crazy roller coasters and centrifuges.
We keep telling our readers about the most iconic photographs. The next step is another collection of shots which now would gain some hundreds of likes in Instagram, and if story of their creation were widely known, they would be liked thousands of times.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Indignation due to prohibition to show at working place wearing jeans is the last thing that bothers employees of one of firms in the USA who have to perform opera singing warm-ups every three hours… And how about wearing office footwear in the shape of Dutch wooden clogs like working people in Taiwan do? Outlook came up with a selection of weird corporate rules.
What do Ukrainian philosopher Gregory Skovoroda, Russian multimillionaire German Sterlingov and British journalist Judy Jones have in common? Each of them in a certain moment of their lives decided that career was far from being the most important thing in life and traded blessings of civilization for closeness to nature by becoming downshifters.
For better or worse, travelling to distant planets and stars exists only on the pages of science fiction and in Hollywood film industry. Although the possibility of space tourism crept close, yet, Jupiter and Saturn are still way not close. Nevertheless, from long ago there are special objects that seem to shrink the universe making it accessible. We are talking about planetariums and observatories.
It seems that Movers and Shakers of our world cannot fall ill with such typical for mere mortal diseases like rash or gastric ulcer. They gravitate to mental disorders which apparently affected their genius. OUTLOOK had a good dig into the history of physical illness tortured Empress Catherine, great mind Voltaire, writer Swift and other famous personalities.