November 14, 2002
Unusual Aviation

Found this cool site with "unusual aviation" photos and movies. Not to be missed:

747s on final less than 20 feet over a public beach

and the Apache movie here with this classic interchange:

Pilot: "think I can fit it through there?"

Gunner: "nnnope"

Pilot: "oh ye of little faith"

[helicopter moves forward, suddenly jerks sideways]

Pilot: "oh sh*t!"


Posted by scott at November 14, 2002 03:33 PM

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I like "Another busy day at the Office!". How many planes are you allowed on the runway at once over there? Our CAA tends to get a bit snippy if it goes much over one...

Posted by: Robert UK on November 15, 2002 10:49 AM

AFAIK those pics are all from the old Hong Kong airport, the one where 747s had to fly *below* apartment buildings to land. They finally built a replacement out in the harbor that opened just a few years ago, and now these white-knuckle approaches and dangerously crowded runways are a thing of the past.

Posted by: scott on November 15, 2002 11:56 AM

"The location where the picture was taken is Simpson Bay, St. Martin a Dutch and French island", says the top paragraph. One assumes the people are there on the beach because they want to be. Doesn't look too bad as long as you don't sit up!

The "Real Men don't go around" pics could be Chek Lap Kok, but it's not easy to be sure.

I'm pretty sure even landing at Kai Tak the planes were always above the apartments - we would have heard about it had anyone tried your suggested subterrainian approach! The pictures of the 74's coming in at roof-top level are certainly spectacular, though.

Posted by: Robert UK on November 15, 2002 03:02 PM

Ah, mis-spoke (typed), was just referring to the "busy day" pic.

Dave Barry (I think... been awhile) wrote an essay on the last time he flew into Kai Tak, said at some points people in high-rise apartments were looking down or straight at the 747s as they went in on final. But he tends to exagerate (although, by those pics, not much).

Posted by: scott on November 15, 2002 03:11 PM
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