1985 - Concorde arriving at Kai Tak

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 09:32
Date picture taken
3 Mar 1985


Although taken more than 30 years ago, still a wonderful sight to behold.

The flight, BA9063C (registration: G-BOAA) arrived from Bangkok in a flight time of exactly 2 hours, landing Kai Tak at 11:17 a.m..It was a charter flight hired by Cunard to bring passengers in to join the QE2 on its round-the-world voyage. 

The aircraft was the first Concorde delivered to British Airways and is now in a hangar at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, Scotland.

It was quite an event and when it left Kai Tak the following day the noise was ear splitting.

I never flew on Concorde but a few years ago I visited the pre-production 'testing' model currently based at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire.  I also used to see it when arriving or leaving Heathrow.  In addition, friends lived under the Heathrow flight path in Putney and it was always something to go out into the garden to watch Concorde passing overhead.

I remember in the late 1980s my family lived in Heng Fa Chuen near Chai Wan, right under the flight path, with a jet taking off every three minutes, from about 7am right up to about 11.30pm.  It was noisy enough as it was, but every time a Concorde took off, the noise was deafening.  In fact, the aluminium window frames in my home would vibrate in resonance and sometimes even small articles placed on the window sill would start its own fribrillating dance.