Now, I'm probably 99% sure this is a Photoshopped picture, but I thought I'd post it simply because winter's coming, and some of you may actually have thoughts of being on a beach. This should discourage such distracting fantasies.
Why only 99%, you ask?
Well, before they fixed it, I remember flying into Stuttgart, Germany where the runway was almost comically short. As a result, the pilots were forced to buzz a street, practically take out the fence and bang the landing gear down either on the skid mark-covered chevrons or the patch of sod at the end of the runway in an attempt to gain as much pavement as they could.
Once on the ground, however, the real fun began with a barely controlled jet barreling headlong at 200 MPH into the terminal. This was finished by a very hard, high-speed right turn, and the end of a ten hour flight was punctuated by the screams of terrified passengers, overhead compartments emptying themselves, and the sound of squealing tires and grunting metal. Trust me, if you were the kind of person who could sleep on a flight, this would wake you up in a cold sweat.
Of course, I loved it, and I was somewhat sad to learn they lengthened the runway. After all, it's best to get that inevitable brush with death on vacation out of the way as soon as possible.