Old Hong Kong Airport
Photos # 1 and # 2 were taken from the high rise balconies. ( I never quite had time to take a lookback photo from the cockpit here. ) .....Sort of like driving thru midtown Manhatten to Times Square...!!!
No autopilot stuff here...hand fly that sucker, and don't screw up...!!!
The prayer : "Lord, if I'm gonna die...please don't let it be pilot error"
At ILS "Minimums"...you break out of the clouds at the top of a hill..!!!
First one to see it calls "Checkerboard in sight"...!!
Now...hard right turn and dive !!!...and don't mess around, or you simply
won't make it...!! Is that a short runway or what...!!
Woe to you if you're too high...!!!
Strong cross winds were common...so you had to "crab" all the way to the runway...!!!
Sometimes the cross-winds were stronger than others...
Over shoot, and you're in the drink...kick it out of the crab too soon, and
you're blown back off the runway...wait too late and "crunch"...# 4 engine..!!!
Overreact on the crab correction, and "Crunch" # 1 engine...!!!
Don't "Float" or try to make a smooth landing...Just put it on...!!!
"Firm" landings help dissipate energy, and help you stop...!!!
Drop too low, and you'll drag your wheels thru the high rises...!!!
What I said was: "I think we're a little high and fast"...!!!
...that was a nice smooth touchdown though, Sir !