Mataveri International Airport, the most remote airport on Earth, located on Easter Island has only about a dozen scheduled flights per week. You only get about one shot per day at catching a big bird take off. I checked the schedule and drove up a mountain this afternoon to catch this LAN 767-300 take off bound for Santiago. On such a quiet island, you can’t help but hear the power of these jets as they kick up.
The location of the airport is beautiful with coastal roads circling the runway from both directions enabling several great vantage points to watch takeoffs and arrivals. The airport was once designated as an abort site for the U.S. Space Shuttle.
The bottom line
No matter how little time I may have in a particular destination, there is always time to catch a big bird takeoff. What a sight!