Kai Tak Airport

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Matt308

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For those not familiar with the old Hong Kong airport here are a few pics. The 47degree banking manuever required to avoid terrain obstacles is evident and not without its victims.
 

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I have allways thought that was the most stupid airport ever built and the guy who decided to build it there should be shot. Either that or they should have realized you cant put skyrises in front of a runway.
 
I have allways thought that was the most stupid airport ever built and the guy who decided to build it there should be shot. Either that or they should have realized you cant put skyrises in front of a runway.

Hong Kong is mountainous, so there really was nowhere to put a modern airport untill the new one was built on dredged landfill adjacent to Lantau island.

The origional landing strip was built in the 20's and was perfect for aircraft all the way into the 50's. It wasnt untill the 70's with the jumbo airplanes coming into use, that its deficiancies bacame glaring.

Ive flown ito this airport and it was exciting to put it mildly!!!! I could see the TV sets in the apartments while we flew between them.

"HAVE A HEART ATTACK AT KAI TAK"
 

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Sure would have. I can't imagine the low speed performance of the Concorde is worth beans.
 

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