Santos Dumont

Santos Dumont is Rio de Janeiro's domestic airport and is just a stone's throw away from the financial center of the city. This location makes the airport a lucrative destination not only for business travellers, but also for spotters. The close distance to the famous Sugar Loaf forces pilots to fly a sharp turn after takeoff (or before landing) to avoid the mighty rock. An impressing photo motive for anyone who didn't already fill their films and memory cards exceptionally with Brazilian beach beauties.
With a length of only 4341ft(!!!), Santos Dumont is also one of the world's shortest runways where A320 and B737 series operate. If you have ever wanted to see a leadfooted (or respectively leadhanded) pilot, that's the place to be.

Here you can find some pictures from Santos Dumont that can be enlarged to 800px

   
   

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