KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1519 times:
Everything was just amazing about that airport! I was so fortunate to fly into Kai Tak on a 747-400, I would feel cheated if I only did it in say an A320 or 737. Plus I was lucky to have the right side window about 7 rows infront of the wing! just great view at night! then we have photographing! thats where my passion for photographing was born! It was just so much fun standing in the streets and having the planes roar right overhead! something I miss greatly! last march I went back with my friend and we went all around kai tak, and climbed the checkerboard hill again. How sad! wish it was still active! the aviation world really lost a treasure when kai tak closed! it is for sure missed by all! even those how didnt ever make it over! that just proves kai tak was very special!
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12466 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1463 times:
I still miss it too; I'm off to HK in late October/early November and although I'm looking forward to it, there's not the same passion now that dear old Kai Tak has gone. CLK is just another big soulless place - just your standard straight in landing, with a bit of turbulence off the mountains to give a little excitement. It's not the same.
I also get the feeling, talking to Cathay crews, that they miss it greatly as well; it can't be as exciting going to work anymore (can't be pleasant either, with the way the airline treats them!).
I can just close my eyes and remember it now . . . Stonecutters, Kowloon peninsula . . . chequerboard coming into view . . . runway off to the right, rain beating against the windscreen . . . starting the turn . . the stadium just visible off to the right . . . lining up, a little to the left . . . the arrows at the end of the terminal - as if to say - THAT WAY, PLEASE! . . . over the road, the hundreds of red taxis . . . crabbing to the right . . . and home!
B-HOX From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 weeks ago) and read 1386 times:
I'm also fortunate to grow up watching Kai Tak.....because without Kai Tak , i wouldn't have the love for aviation. My home in Hong Kong gave me a spectacular view of the runway as I watch planes take off and land.............surley missed it.....