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Aviation History in Photos

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60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of CAD
Source : Civil Aviation Department
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Since 1947, Hong Kong has become centre 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 Rome, Cairo, Basra, Karachi, Calcutta and Bangkok.

Sandringham of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1950s).

DC4 of Cathay Pacific Airways (1954).

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.

Kai Tak Development in 1958.

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.

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.

Viewing Gallery.

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

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.
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