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The Good Old Days Of Kai Tak!  
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

This is one of my best loved photos.



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Photo © Daryl Chapman




What do you think ??

All I can say is I'm so happy it was a freighter, then again I saw the KE 744's do some very, very bad landings.

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User currently offlinePHLFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2640 times:

Ah.....memories.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

For those of you that did not visit Kai Tak this KE 747 was going a tad too fast when he made the turn. The aircraft should not be banking at such a angle.

Following the turn the aircraft lost speed and height before powering up enough to make the runway.

One of the landings I will not forget !!


User currently offlineSiriwatthana From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

All inter`l spotters missed the old good Kai Tak
The "Mekka " for all Spotters.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

You know when ever I went spotting at Kai Tak I almost every time met someone that was spotting, taking photos or that loved planes.

At CLK I've only met people like `us' three times since it opened. Its very sad.


User currently offlineKLM747 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 669 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

One word....memories. I like it when they swoop over the buildings really low.

KLM747 Big grin



User currently offlinePANAM_DC10 From Australia, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 4138 posts, RR: 90
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 1 hour ago) and read 2573 times:
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Truly the Halcyon days of spotting in HK

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PANAM_DC10



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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

This great site can help us remember all those good times.

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Nobody has commented on the actual photo in this topic. You should not be doing turns like this at low level in a 747. You can lose a lot of height.

Anyway, yes, the good ole days at Kai Tak.


User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Oh, I actually felt like crying on the day it closed. KaiTak is part of my childhood memory. It's too sad that I wasn't there in hk on the day it was closed. I always imagined I could have stood on the overpasses at the end of rwy 13 and watched a/c landing there. But no, the only time I could do that was on the upper deck of a bus going on the overpasses.

The opening of CLK was also painful too.

Hmmmm..., for the photo, the KE's a/c could have stalled at this angle. It's lucky that Kowloon city was not smashed by it.



User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

just note that all spoilers and ailerons on the left wing are all up.



User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

I was waiting for someone to notice how dangerous this landing was !!

User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

It wouldn't be too dangerous if he knew what he was doing.....but then this is Korean.

User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Dear me, in 1995 I must be still in the schools in Kowloon City.

Hkgspotter1, I think you met nobody because you weren't in the popular spotting locations. You go to the roof of the police station and... I simply won't go there. and I guess others won't too, as I (and I think others also) prefer shooting at the shortest distance possible.

By the way I had saw your photo in "Farewell Kai Tak" the book.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

Ryan,

Sorry. I think you got the wrong idea. I've only been on the roof of the police station three times in total.

My spot is on the rocks near Haeco (07 in use) or on the rocks by 25R if that runway is in use (until they close it that is).

I would like to meet you one of these days as I've seen your posts for some time now and we are always answering each other. I may be there sunday, what about you ?


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8002 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

I remember flying into Kai Tak vividly from the old days.

However, I've only experienced the landing at Kai Tak coming in from land TWICE.  Sad Every time I landed at Kai Tak in a 747 it was always landing from the sea.

However, I have experienced a take off in the landward direction in a 747 though. I remember flying JL 747-200 that way in 1979--you could feel the rapid climb and the hard bank to the left after leaving the runway.


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

A few years ago I was at the carpark at Kai Tak during a very cold Chinese New Year morning when a Air China 744 took off on runway 31 but instead of turning left after departure he just climbed straigh ahead and into the low clouds !!!. The guy on the tower almost had a heart attack !!. After confirming he was at a safe height they just told him direct to China .

User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

What an idiot!!! Would that CA 744 be carrying the President of PRC?!

r panda Smokin cool


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

No President, just normal folk like you and I .

User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Good times...
 Laugh out loud
AerLingus



Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

hahaha.

yep. normal folks.

r panda


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