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Hong Kong Old Kowloon airport by jbenson2, via Flickr

Planes landing at the old Kai Tak airport used to have to swerve between Hong Kong's densely packed residential buildings.

Boeing 787, Paine Field, Everett, Washington

Boeing Paine Field, Everett, Washington, when the 787 was grounded by the FIA after fires in the battery compartments in three JAL aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-467 (registered B-HOP) on finals for Hong Kong-Kai Tak

Cathay Pacific Boeing (registered B-HOP) on finals for Hong Kong-Kai Tak

Air India, Boeing 747-300, VT-EPX, Hong Kong Kai Tak

Turning into Bay 54 at Kai Tak One of the last 747 Classics off the line, this features the wing root and also the GE engines used on the Retired from Air India after 20 years of service and scrapped in the UK in 2009

Jav I Kai Tak Hong Kong

Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong: With a perilous runway that jutted out into the sea, and an alarmingly steep descent through skyscraper. Scary landing, but I made it.