- Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport
It did Zokes and I have no idea how. Its something like a 70 degree turn just before you hit the mountain and are about 150-200ft and then down on the runway which usually had ferocious cross winds blowing across it.
Hard enough in a 747 but something like Concorde with interesting low speed handling characteristics must have been quite somethingPosted 4 years agothepuristSubscriber
Did the pilot ask you about Turkish Baths?
I was working for NATS doing some research work in air traffic management, so had flashed my credentials to the stewardess and she managed to get me up there during the flight. Had a good chat with the reserve crew and asked about getting up there for the landing, but they had to check with the captain. I’d just decided it wasn’t going to happen when another stewardess came and showed me up into the first class cabin then into the cockpit for the last few minutes of the flight.Posted 4 years agonickcSubscriber
Lived in HK as a kid at Elizabeth court at the back of Lion Rock. The planes would come over crazy low!! You could for a bit, bust your way up onto the roof, until the Feds realised and put in bigger locks, I swear you could’ve touched some of them as they came over.
Monsoon season was always fun it was like a spectator sport with popcorn and lemonade down on the water front near the mai-fu flats!Posted 4 years agoHob NobMember
Hard enough in a 747 but something like Concorde with interesting low speed handling characteristics must have been quite something
My father used to fly Concorde, whilst i’ve not really chatted much to him about his career (should do really) I have asked him about scary moments in light of the AF incident.
He said landing at Hong Kong was ‘f*cking frightening’, for someone who doesn’t swear much I imagine there were a lot of brown trouser moments.Posted 4 years agoRockhopperMember
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Was there a arrow on the hillside to remember the pilots to turn!!!
There wasn’t an arrow but they did have a huge orange and white checker board on the hill side which they flew the aircraft directly at then when they reached a certain distance they would turn 47 degrees to the right and hopefully the runway would be directly ahead.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Many times and heard a few good stories from a pilot who flew in there a lot. A good mate of mine used to be in the British Army stationed in HK and he said the planes felt like they were low enough to touch as they came in. Did a few sessions on BA flight simulators and the instructors said it was way too difficult to attempt even on the simulator.
I much prefer the new airport, the old one used to make me rather nervousPosted 4 years agoskiMember
I did back in 1997, was quite a roller coaster of a ride, but it was more memorable watching the planes fly over from the streets below, remember back then checking out some knock of software in the shops and hearing the roar and then seeing the shadow of the plane pass over the top of you!
The new airport is amazing too mind, let’s face it Hong Kong is an amazing place full stop!Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
I’ve done it, don’t recall it being that big a deal in the plane and I was sat at a window, I’m pretty sure we came in over the water not the buildings. However, had a few hours to kill on my departure and found an airport car park roof to sit out on with a book. watching the jumbos flying so low over the roof tops was interesting.Posted 4 years agocobrakaiSubscriber
My father in law flew in there a lot and he’s got a “memory” wall at home with pictures from his time flying. The best picture is of him standing in the cowling of a 777 engine (mahoosive!)but there is a sequence of photos (about 6 I think) taken by him in the jump seat looking through the cock pit window when he was the in flight crew. It starts with a view through the cock pit at the big sign on the side of the hill and finishes with the actual landing. As the 74 is turning you can see by the horizon that the bank in the turn is incredible!
He was eventually checked out to land there but he always said that Mauritius (I think?!) was the most interesting landing. At the time, no ILS, a point of no return and no published missed approach procedures. Lots of stress apparently trying to decide whether the weather was going to be in limits.Posted 4 years agoseanypopsMember
Lived in HK for 3 years in the early 70s. You could reach up and tickle the under belly of the planes as they flew over. Used to sit on a hillside watching these monsters avoid all kinds off obstacles in order to land.Typhoon season made it very interesting. By the way I went to Gun Club School if any one on here remembers there time in Hk.Posted 4 years ago
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