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More: Cathay Pacific Airways Cargo
More: Boeing 747-267B(SF)
More: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed)
More: China - Hong Kong, June 13, 1998
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B-HIH (cn 23120/596) This aircraft used nearly the whole of runway 13 for its take off roll.
More: Kelvin Poon-Civil Aviation Photography Association of China
Contact Kelvin Poon-Civil Aviation Photography Association of China
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A visitor from Finland posted Tue January 6, 2015:
"If you screw up just THIS MUCH..."

A visitor from - posted Tue January 6, 2015:
Holy #@$!

A visitor from Greece posted Thu December 5, 2013:
I don't want to figure out what would have happened if they'd lost an engine at that point...

A visitor from - posted Fri March 8, 2013:
I was searching up this photo for hours under "cathay pacific 747-8" then i just hit the photo and it said"747-267B(SF)

A visitor from - posted Fri March 8, 2013:
I agree with the poster who wrote that the thumbnail made it look like a 748!! I stared at the thumbnail for some time trying to figure out where in the modern world this type of takeoff could happen. Great Photo!!!

A visitor from Germany posted Fri March 8, 2013:
Nothing unusual for a heavy out of the old Kai Tak

A visitor from - posted Fri March 8, 2013:
WOW! No room for error there! But it's a cargo bird with nothing but water ahead of them... If they were going to take a chance, this was indeed the time to do it. Still pretty nuts if you ask me!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri March 8, 2013:
Looks more like a carrier take-off! Nice photo!

A visitor from - posted Thu December 1, 2011:
Aw ya fooled me! The thumbnail made this look like one of the new 747-8's but alas it's an old photo of a -200!

A visitor from - posted Thu December 1, 2011:
Bah, A340's do this all the time... :)

A visitor from - posted Tue August 16, 2011:
Loaded to the brink + hot air = late rotate.

A visitor from Poland posted Wed September 15, 2010:
Close call, for sure! Awesome shot!

A visitor from - posted Thu September 9, 2010:
The pilot said: V1, rotate (still not rotating), you can rotate now, I said rotate!!

A visitor from Venezuela posted Sat August 14, 2010:
Ok, you either rotate or pass away... as simple as it ;)

A visitor from Australia posted Wed August 4, 2010:
Great anticipation combined with spot-on camera positioning and framing makes for a dramatic photo. I think I can feel the sigh of relief from the flight crew! I doubt that the take-off was planned that way!

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri July 2, 2010:

A visitor from - posted Sat June 19, 2010:
Majestic liftoff cooly using all real estate.

A visitor from United States posted Sat June 19, 2010:
Im sure the pilots must have been quite nervous when they started getting closer to the end of the runway!

A visitor from - posted Sat June 19, 2010:
Must Rotate!

A visitor from - posted Wed April 28, 2010:
Heavily loaded for sure

A visitor from Croatia posted Fri March 5, 2010:
Close call

A visitor from - posted Sat December 26, 2009:
I thtink she was survey the runway

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 31, 2008:
When he said rotate, he wasn't kidding!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue November 6, 2007:
Just a blind guess...given that this is about a 10000ft runway, the pilots may have been taking off with de-rated thrust...meaning less than full power. Obviously this plane was heavily loaded, but I can't think of any good reason why the full 10000ft would have been used!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu September 20, 2007:
Classic photo!! However, someone mentioned a 'well calculated V1". Sorry to disappoint this person but they don't know what they are talking about! Using almost 10,000ft to get airborne is not what I would call a well calculated V1!! And in any event surely you mean VR!! ;)

A visitor from Germany posted Tue August 7, 2007:
They paid for the runway and used all of it! Fantastic photo! 5*

A visitor from Sweden posted Fri February 16, 2007:
WOW! That was close! Great photo!

A visitor from Australia posted Fri January 12, 2007:
Wouldn't call it 'close'... more like a well calculated V1 and an aircraft performing just as it was designed to. Great photo! 5*

A visitor from Switzerland posted Fri January 12, 2007:
Nice scenery.

A visitor from Sweden posted Sat September 16, 2006:
Wow! Close!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun April 23, 2006:

A visitor from United States posted Fri January 13, 2006:
That was a Very CLOSE Call! Excellent Picture!

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 9, 2005:

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri August 19, 2005:
A plane taking off at the tip of the runway! Rare picture.

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