Heinz From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
no, the old Kai Tak airport is not an airport any more.
The last time I was there (in July 99), the terminal
building, the hangars and the parking garage were still there (the garage still in use), but the ramp was just being cracked open with heavy machinery.
From what I heard, the plan is to construct an entirely new part of town for ca. 1,2 million people. This also requires land reclamation around the old runway.
It's a sad sight indeed ! (a big X has been painted on the runway, at the beginning of rwy 13, to deter
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12431 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
Not without good reason did I choose my name. In my twenty years of being interested in planes, no other place has captured my heart like HK did; even when I wasn't there, I still dreamt of walking out of the 7th floor elevator to the car park, watching as the planes swooped in, wondering if Alitalia would ever get it right, wondering if some lucky passenger was in the j/s for landing - the greatest flying experience there was (I did it!), or hoping to see a fully loaded 744 take off from 31 (now that was a photo!).
But now, it's a memory. If you're on the left side of the aircraft for landing on 25L at this new airport, you can still see it, but that was real HK. There's no feeling to the new airport, as nice as it is. How I would love to go up to chequerboard hill again, just for old time's sake. I can't guarantee there wouldn't be a tear in my eye.
WiL SW737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2175 times:
Why you ask? Because I was there on the last night of the airport. I was on vacation with my family. The airport was packed. Everyone, people from town, had come to take pictures, even of the mailbox! Well, my flight was scheduled to depart at 7:50 P.M. I was going to fly to TPE to catch my connecting flight back to SFO. I flew on a China Airlines 747-200. When we were taxiing to RWY 13, we had to wait for about eight planes to land. Then it was our turn. As we turned onto the taxiway, I saw a lot, and I mean A LOT of people on the parking garage. They were taking pics of all the planes. Well we took off and that was the end. That was my last trip to Kai Tak. I will never forget it.
F27 From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
I had the pleasure of doing a jump seat landing six weeks before the closure of Kai Taik and it is a memory i will never forget and the people i met. The pommy guy who was like a lobster flying home to England it was great
Oxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 674 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
You can still see the landing lights being turned on at night, but no planes landing. I can see that from the rooftop of my new home.
My primary school was under the landing path of Kai Tak, so when I was small, I can hear and see planes flying pretty closely from the window of the class everyday. It was very exciting. Occationally, a 747 might fly unusually close, and the class would be disturbed as everyone tried to have a glimpse of the plane, and sometimes we might have to cover our ears.
When waiting for my schoolbus at the entrance of the school, the best entertainment for me was to wait for the planes to fly past our school. It was very exciting to hear the sound of the engines and waiting anxiously to know what plane is coming out of the tree.
I can still remember the first time seeing a 777(a CX one) flying past the window of the classroom on a rainy day; wondering why the planes use the upper surface of the wings to face us ( now I know they are doing a turn); thinking of why the UA 747s are shorter than the others (later I know it is an SP); seeing so many big black nose china airlines A300s, which I hated seeing.
I aslo wondered why when raining, planes would usually take off at our side instead of landing (it is very noisy when planes take off at our side).
I was also jealous of my frinends flat, which is just next to the school, because he can see the planes right out of their window.
Having planes flying so close is not always good. Once I wasnearly hit by a car in Kowloon city ( directly under the flight path closest to the airport) when I stopped walking in the middle of the road to look at a CX tristar soaring past right on top of me. Mum pulled me away just in time. I was surely fascinated by the planes at that time. My piano lessons were often distured by the low-flying planes regularly.
It is very difficult to explaine how close the planes were. All I can tell you is that my Aunt, who is a teacher of a school in Kowloon, RECOGNISED one of her students doing excercise at the school when she was sitting ON A PLANE!!!! landing at Kai Tak from Sydney.
The last plane to land at Kai tak that I saw, was the Ansett Australia Sydney 2000, on 6th of july 1998.I saw it when I was going down Waterloo road.
Since then Kowloon had been a lot more quiet, but really, I missed the noise of the planes.
Anyways now I can see planes from my own room, though very far away.
N754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2153 times:
Nothing could come close. Apart from that St. Thomas place with the planes 10 foot off the water !!!
Kai Tak was a place that made me happy. No matter what personal problem I was having it would be gone when I arrived at Kai Tak.
I was also there on the last night, I was helping cable TV out. They wanted to know what aircarft was leaving on a normal flight and which planes were doing ferry flights to CLK. When that very last ever flight landed (KA A320) I swear I have never seen so many camera flashes in my life and I dont think I will ever see that many again.
I was there to see many a Concorde land, and take off plus the very first Virgin flight. As N949WP was saying seeing a fully loaded 747F take on on runway 31 was a thrill !!!, I have a photo somewhere of a Atlas Air doing a very low departure.
If anyone has seen the photos of the Korean 747F doing a very steep turn in front of the chequer board or the Air China 742 landing at a crazy angle or the NCA 742F engine strike then I hope you liked them as much as I did taking them.