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70 years of Civil Aviation

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Hong Kong has become center of aviation as Pan American Airways commenced there around-the-world service through Hong Kong.(Open with new window)

 

Since 1947, Hong Kong has become center of aviation as Pan American Airways commenced there around-the-world service through Hong Kong. In 1949, QANTAS Empire Airways began regular Sydney to Hong Kong service through Darwin and Labuan. British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) began a weekly London to Hong Kong service via Roma, Cairo, Basra, Karachi, Calcutta and Bangkok.

 

Sandringham of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1950s).(Open with new window)

 

Sandringham of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1950s).

 

DC4 of Cathay Pacific Airways (1954).(Open with new window)

 

DC4 of Cathay Pacific Airways (1954).

 

The runway promontory covered an area of 150 acres and supported a 7 200-foot paved runway.(Open with new window)

 

On 16 June 1954, the master plan for the development of Kai Tak Airport was approved by the government. The runway promontory covered an area of 150 acres and supported a 7 200-foot paved runway.

 

Kai Tak Development in 1956-57.(Open with new window)

 

Kai Tak Development in 1956-57.

Kai Tak Development in 1958.(Open with new window)

 

Kai Tak Development in 1958.


Temporary Kai Tak Airport Control Tower(Open with new window)

 

Temporary Kai Tak Airport Control Tower near the runway that operated from 1958 to 1962 prior to the building of the Control Tower above the Passenger Terminal Building.

 

Comet 4 of BOAC was approaching Kai Tak (1958).(Open with new window)

 

Comet 4 of BOAC was approaching Kai Tak (1958).

 

On 21 September 1959, the Temporary Passenger Terminal Building of Kai Tak Airport commenced operation.(Open with new window)

 

On 21 September 1959, the Temporary Passenger Terminal Building of Kai Tak Airport commenced operation.


Control Tower above the Kai Tak Passenger Terminal Building in 1960's.(Open with new window)

 

Control Tower above the Kai Tak Passenger Terminal Building in 1960's.


Air Traffic Control Centre in 1960's showing air traffic control enroute sector positions.(Open with new window)

 

Air Traffic Control Centre in 1960's showing air traffic control enroute sector positions. Aircraft position reports received from pilots were regularly updated onto paper-stripboards.

 

With no other runway in the world demanding such a tight, curved approach, the lighting pattern had to be unique to Kai Tak.(Open with new window)

 

With no other runway in the world demanding such a tight, curved approach, the lighting pattern had to be unique to Kai Tak.

 

Viewing Gallery.(Open with new window)

 

Viewing Gallery.


The new Air Traffic Control Centre in Kai Tak was commissioned on 31 August 1980.(Open with new window)

 

The new Air Traffic Control Centre in Kai Tak was commissioned on 31 August 1980.


747s seem to descend simultaneously to decant their throngs into the terminal, facilities are understandably strained.(Open with new window)

 

In the late 1980's, at peak traffic periods, squadrons of 747s seem to descend simultaneously to decant their throngs into the terminal, facilities are understandably strained.


Approaching Runway 13 from the west at speed limit of 120 knots led into a 40deg banked turn to the right.(Open with new window)

 

Approaching Runway 13 from the west at speed limit of 120 knots led into a 40deg banked turn to the right. The turn had a radius of 5,090 feet followed by a straight run of 3,000 feet to the touchdown area.

 

While at Kai Tak, the 13 approach continued to draw the world's attention and admiration for its most unique sight of a city.(Open with new window)

 

While at Kai Tak, the 13 approach continued to draw the world's attention and admiration for its most unique sight of a city.


In 1990s, constructioin of the new Hong Kong International Airport was steaming at full speed.(Open with new window)

 

In 1990s, constructioin of the new Hong Kong International Airport was steaming at full speed.


The Air Traffic Control Centre and Tower and associated systems/facilities at Chek Lap Kok were completed in 1997.(Open with new window)

 

The Air Traffic Control Centre and Tower and associated systems/facilities at Chek Lap Kok were completed in 1997.

 

Air Traffic Control Centre at the Hong Kong International Airport since 1998.(Open with new window)

 

The Air Traffic Control Centre at the Hong Kong International Airport was commissioned in 1998.


Air Traffic Control Tower at the Hong Kong International Airport since 1998.(Open with new window)

 

The South Air Traffic Control Tower at the Hong Kong International Airport was commissioned in 1998.

 

The Airbus A380 made a spectacular fly-past over Victoria Harbour during its demonstration flight on 3 September 2007.(Open with new window)

 

The Airbus A380 made a spectacular fly-past over Victoria Harbour during its demonstration flight on 3 September 2007.

In order to reinforce Hong Kong's leading position in regional aviation services and sustain the long-term growth of the industry, the Chief Executive announced in the 2006-07 Policy Agenda an initiative to develop a new CAD Headquarters on the Airport Island. The CAD Headquarters was officially opened on 23 May 2013. (Open with new window)

 

In order to reinforce Hong Kong's leading position in regional aviation services and sustain the long-term growth of the industry, the Chief Executive announced in the 2006-07 Policy Agenda an initiative to develop a new CAD Headquarters on the Airport Island. The CAD Headquarters was officially opened on 23 May 2013. (Open with new window)

 

In order to reinforce Hong Kong's leading position in regional aviation services and sustain the long-term growth of the industry, the Chief Executive announced in the 2006-07 Policy Agenda an initiative to develop a new CAD Headquarters on the Airport Island. The CAD Headquarters was officially opened on 23 May 2013.

 

The Aviation Education Path at the CAD Headquarters was officially opened in 2013 to arouse the interest of the general public, in particular the next generation, in aviation development.(Open with new window)

 

The Aviation Education Path at the CAD Headquarters was officially opened in 2013 to arouse the interest of the general public, in particular the next generation, in aviation development.

 

The Air Traffic Control Centre at the CAD Headquarters and the North Air Traffic Control Tower at the Hong Kong International Airport were commissioned in 2016. (Open with new window)

 

The Air Traffic Control Centre at the CAD Headquarters and the North Air Traffic Control Tower at the Hong Kong International Airport were commissioned in 2016. (Open with new window)

 

The Air Traffic Control Centre at the CAD Headquarters and the North Air Traffic Control Tower at the Hong Kong International Airport were commissioned in 2016.