fubar37
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Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:46 am

I need some help. I was just trying to find the famous checkerboard at Hong Kong's old Kai Tak airport on google earth. I can't find it. The photo was taken after they have already began to redevelope the airport. Has the checkerboard been painted over? Can anyone else find it?

Help!

thanks

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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:56 am

Quoting Fubar37 (Thread starter):
Has the checkerboard been painted over?

IIRC it had the red and white colors removed soon after Kai Tak closed as it was no longer used as a "nav aid".
-HT

EDIT:
Look for the spot below Lion Rock; in general follow runway 31 for about 2 kilometers and then the spot should be on your right (I don´t use Google Earth, so I can´t give you better directions).
-HT

[Edited 2005-12-27 20:00:31]
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:59 am

According to the encyclopedia that should be it..........if thats any help

Latitude Longitude.
22°20"N 114°11"E
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fubar37
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:21 am

Got it!. Thanks guys. Goole earth rocks and i'm wasting too much time today exploring when I should be working.

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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 5:32 am

now you got me wondering, where was it??
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:59 pm

Red and White paint was not removed, the whether however is having a good go at it...
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Wed Dec 28, 2005 5:11 pm

No, it has been removed already. I went back to HKG and have seen it many times. Please see the link below. You can see the red/brown color area. It is close to the tennis courts. (See in the centre of the photo)

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hong+K...99&spn=0.006288,0.012883&t=k&hl=en
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:21 am

I see it now.. above the courts..


Too bad they don't keep it painted just for history sake..

[Edited 2005-12-28 20:34:13]
 
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:30 am

I think he means the brown square in the middle amongst the trees
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:54 am

Yes...it's above the court and in the middle amongst the trees.
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:04 pm

Its very faded... not sure how long the last paint will last.
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:31 pm

I still can't see it. Is it near the tennis courts, next to the track?
 
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RE: Kai Tak Checkerboard - Google Earth

Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:29 pm

You can see it on google earth but it looks like just a plain white board, these are the co-ords, copy and paste the line below into the search on google earth:

22°20'06.10"N 114°11'03.32"E

Looks like two white diagonal lines

Check this link, has all the details including charts a pretty good video:

http://www.cpavirtual.org/KaiTak.htm

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