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747 Landing at Kai Tak

This is a great video of a Boeing 747 landing at the now decommissioned Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong.

I actually flew from Hong Kong International (Chek Lap Kok) to Kai Tak and landed a 737-800 back in April 2011 which was brilliant and in this video I recognise Chequerboard Hill where I started the turn in to land at Kai Tak flying over the buildings. … my flight, however, was in a fully equipped 737-800 flight simulator and not the real thing. I can tell you the flight sim experience in Singapore was realistic enough.

This video of the Boeing 747 landing at Kai Tak shows the full view from approach, turn, and finals.

About Kai Tak International Airport, Hong Kong

Kai Tak International Airport was the international airport in Hong Kong from 1925 until 1998 which it was decommissioned. Once closed the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok opened just over 30 kilometres away.

The Kai Tak airport was most famous because of the numerous skyscrapers and mountains which were to its north. The runway to the south was protruding into Victoria Harbour. Any aircraft landing at Kai Tak airport required pilots to be very skilled and it was ranked as the 6th most dangerous airport in the world at one point.

I landed here in a 737-800 flight simulator and things happen very fast. I landed successfully but had to straighten up once I landed. Unfortunately, I had misaligned a throttle by 5% and it was pushing me to the right all the time which made for a trickier than planned landing at Kai Tak.