ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
Kai Tak was positioned within a heavy residental area, and also at the feet of several small mountains. Because of this, a sharp right turn was mandated about a quarter mile away from the threshold of Rwy13. When the relatively common crosswinds picked up, they often produced the results you're now talking about on the approach to 13.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2099 times:
Kai Tak Airport is what got me into aviation. I’ll never forget the hustle & bustle of the terminal and how claustrophobic it felt at times. It was often too much for my sister but I loved it! And I'll never forget that amazing approach that always made for one hell of a ride at every landing!
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
I actually second that Kai Tak is the epitome of an aviation spotter's dream. It was cloud nine and seventh heaven all combined into one. Nowhere else in the world can you see a 747 only a few hundred feet above you screaming as she makes a 45deg turn to get aligned with the runway.
When you combine such a difficult manouevre with an occassional crosswind, lets add a big aircraft to that... and voila! Engine strikes and photos that seem to suggest that the plane is crashing.
Never in my life have I seen such an exhilarating approach and I would kill to fly into Kai Tak for just one last time...
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