Memories of the old HKG airport

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  1. milchap
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    I had the opportunity to sit in the jump seat landing at Kai Tek....pre 9-11 naturally.
    One of the highlights of my military career. :cool:
     
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    I still remember the terror I felt at every landing (not in the cockpit)- first the mountains, then looking into people's apartment windows which always seemed WAY too close for comfort. I used to avoid when I could b/c it was soooo scary!
     
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    I thought it was fun, although I don't think I would be willing to do it it a LCC.
     
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    One of the most memorable experiences was indeed using Kai Tak as a gateway from the West Coast to India. Spend a couple of days in HKG and continue.
     
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  6. that would have been pretty cool.
     
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    My own memories of Kai Tek are dominated by three events:

    1. Departing as a passenger in an ancient DC-3 bound for Manila which took three attempts before it finally lumbered off the runway.
    2. A few years later when my now spouse was arriving one one flight and I on another, but mine was late connecting in Tokyo. We connected, barely, but left me dreaming of how nice it would be to have a telephone that could be portable so I could explain to her. Happily, this is no longer a problem.
    3. Renting a Piper Warrior from the Hong Kong Flying Club and flying around HK, then following the famed ILS in trail long behind an arriving B747, by far the dominant form of flying life there in those days. I treasure that flight far more than most I have ever made as PIC.
     
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  8. StevenGerrard

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    that would have been nice memory ..
     

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