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Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport

March 23, 2011

On the 17th December 1903, the Wright Brothers made the first powered heavier-than-air manned flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The fight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet!  On Sunday 20th March 2011, British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s warplanes took off from Marham, England, and were over Libya in less than 3 hours, a distance of more than 2,500 kilometers! Amazing accomplishment within 108 years! I am always mesmerized every time I get to an airport in anticipation of taking a flight. The gigantic machine powered by 4 jet engines will take off into the sky, magical is seems!

Waiting to board is always interesting for me. I get an opportunity to do yet another sketch of a flying machine. The graceful contour of the plane reminds me of the beautiful curvature of blue whales. Both are streamlined to resist drag and in principle they work the same. Whales glide through the ocean; airplanes fly through the skies, so to speak.

This sketch done on the 23 November 2010 is of a Dragon Air plane at Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong’s International Airport, preparing for a flight to Shanghai. The activity to service the plane is systematic and orderly, and in a very short time boarding is announced.

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  1. Daphne permalink

    Planes are fascinating gravity-defying flight machines, and we modern men really have to thank the pioneer investors. Apart from awe, I think of thrill, freedom, fantasy, exploration, human spirit . . .

    Nice sketch btw. Looking forward to my next flight. 🙂

    • Yeah, always interesting to photograph and look at planes. The last time I was in the Chicago International airport, Helmut Jahn’s design, 2 plain clothes FBI officers approached me and flashed their badges as I was taking photos of the planes; they asked politely what I was doing. After I explained I liked planes and was from Hong Kong, they asked to see my photos and as they left, they said not to take any more photos of the planes but it was OK to photograph the buildings!

  2. Thuy shen permalink

    Hoping every plan takes you to a dreamland !

    • Back in April 1995 on my first return trip to Toronto from Hong Kong, the Continental Airline plane stopped at the Anchorage airport for refueling. It was more than an hour stop-over; it was snowing; it seemed desolate; and as I looked out from the terminal building on this bright 7:00 am morning sky it seemed so peaceful but it certainly did not look like a ‘dreamland’! I made a sketch of the view. Perhaps I will include in my Blog later.

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