The mechanisms which lead to the destruction of a normally protective scale during the initial stages of hot corrosion of 14 nickel-base alloys contaminated with Na2SO4 and other condensed deposits were investigated. A continuous reading microbalance was used to record weight changes at temperatures between 900 C and 1000 C at 1 atmosphere pressure of slowly flowing oxygen. The reaction was initiated by raising a preheated furnace around the quartz tube in which the specimen was supported with oxygen flowing. The furnace was raised in a time period of seconds. At 900 C, the system and specimen came to thermal equilibrium in less than one minute. Oxidized specimens were studied using optical and scanning electron metallography and X-ray diffraction techniques. Transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction spectroscopy were also used to identify the structure of carbides in some of the commercial alloys.