About a year ago, I took a trip from Brisbane to Paris via Hong Kong and was able to see some incredible aircraft that we don’t see down here in Brisbane. Recently due to the COVID-19 restrictions, I haven’t been able to plane spot as often as I would like and so, I have just been looking over all my old pictures from the trip and thought I would share some of my photos from the trip.
Hong Kong International was opened in July of 1998 to take over from the infamous Kai Tak Airport, which is now a seaport in Hong Kong. As many would know, Hong Kong International Airport is one of the worlds largest passenger hubs, seeing 71.5 million passengers in and out of its doors in 2019. The airport is also the world’s largest cargo airport, seeing 5,120,811 tons of cargo in 2018. The airport connects over 220 airports globally and has received over 80 awards.
Paris Le-Bourget was once used as the primary airport in Paris, but since the CDG opened, has been used as a GA airport, including business jet operations. Le Bourget is also home to the famous Paris Airshow and the Paris Air and Space Museum, which I visited on the trip.
Now time for the photos!
The aircraft above is the Canadair CL-215 which was used by the Frenc Securite Civile for water bombing purposes. It’s first flight was in 1969 and it’s last flight was in 1996 before getting replaced by the newer and more powerful CL-415.
The iconic Concorde! This was definitely the highlight of the trip and the reason I went to the museum. The museum had two Concordes, one being owned by Air France (F-BTSD) and the other being a prototype, registration F-WTSS.
This aircraft is the Cathay Pacific A350 that took me home from Hong Kong to Brisbane. Registration is B-LRS.