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1966 Kowloon and Kai Tak

1966 Kowloon and Kai Tak

Photo courtesy of Peter Lisle-Taylor

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Tuesday, November 1, 1966


The small rocky outcrop in the harbour with the navigational beacon just to the right of the approach lighting was called Channel Rock. It disappeared in the early 1970s when the runway at Kai Tak was extended.

Thanks Moddsey, I was struggling to make sense of the location, lining up the end of the runway and the buildings behind. The extension makes it clear.

These photos from the 1960s are striking for their clear blue skies - but also for the thick black smoke streaming out behind the jet planes taking off. They could put a CMB bus to shame!

Does anyone know why modern planes look so much cleaner?

1961 Kai Tak Runway (SE end) and Channel Rock
1961 Kai Tak Runway (SE end) and Channel Rock, by Eternal1966

Water injection into the engines increases power/thrust on take-off.

Popular on aircraft of that era.....Lots of smoke!




Thanks Mike, I hadn't heard of that as a technique before. I found a page with more information and photos about it, and IDJ sent this photo with a good example of the effects:

Kai Tak smoker-B727 departing
Kai Tak smoker-B727 departing, by IDJ