- RAF Kai Tak
name =RAF Kai Tak
Kowloon, Hong Kong
RAF Kai Tak was a
Royal Air Forcestation in Hong Kong. It was opened in 1927 and used for seaplanes. The RAF flight operated a few land based aircraft as well as having spare aircraft for naval units.
From 1968 to 1978 it was used by various RAF
helicopterunits, as well as the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Forceand Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps Air Unit. The RAFleft Kai Tak and moved most other operations to Sek Kong Airfield.
From 1993 onwards the civilian Government Flying Service replaced
Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Forceat Kai Tak, thus ending the RAFpresence at the airport.
The apron and the old NCO Mess areas were used by the
Royal Hong Kong Police Forceas the Police Driving School premises for a number of years until re-sited.
It was the main airfield in Hong Kong housing other non-military users:
Far East Flying Training Schoolfounded in the 1920s - later changed its name to Far East Flying and Technical School.
Hong Kong Flying Club1927
Aero Club of Hong Kong1962.
* offices of various airlines including:
Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company(HAECO)
Hong Kong Polytechnic
Hong Kong Aviation Club
Heliservices (Hong Kong) Limited
Macau Aerial Transport Company
British Overseas Airways Corporation
During the 1940s, Japanese
A6M Zerofighters were based at Kai Tak, as well as United States Air ForceConsolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell bombers.
A list of aircraft stationed there:
The Japanese were stationed at Kai Tak during
World War IIand was charge with extending the runway at the base.
Japan Force Communications Flight Squadron(28 Apr 1946 - xxx xxxx)
A list of RAF squadrons at Kai Tak:
Hong Kong Communication Flight Squadron(12 Sep 1945 - 15 Jan 1947)
No. 132 Squadron RAF(15 Sep 1945 - 15 Apr 1946)
No. 209 Squadron RAF(17 Sep 1945 - 28 Apr 1946)
No. 681 Squadron RAF(27 Sep - 23 Dec 1945)
No 200 Staging Post RAF(Oct 1945 - - Jun 1946)
No 1331 Wing RAF Regiment(xxx xxxx - May 1946)
No. 96 Squadron RAF(16 Apr - 1 Jun 1946)
No. 110 Squadron RAF(1 Jun 1946 - 15 Sep 1947)
No 1430 (Flying Boat Transport) Flight Squadron RAF(5 Aug - 1 Sep 1946)
No. 88 Squadron RAF(1 Sep 1946 - 24 Jun 1951)
No. 1903 Flight RAFand No. 656 Squadron RAF(15 Jul 1948 - 17 Aug 1949)
Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force(1 May 1949 - 1 Apr 1993)
No. 28 Squadron RAF(11 May 1949 - 1 May 1950, 7 Oct 1950 - 28 Mar 1951, 15 Aug - 5 Dec 1955, 14 Jun 1957 - 2 Jan 1967, 1 Mar 1968 - 17 May 1978, 1 Nov 1996 - 4 Jun 1997)
No. 80 Squadron RAF(20 Aug 1949 - 3 Jan 1950, 1 Feb - 7 Mar 1950, 28 Apr 1950 - 1 May 1955)
Hong Kong Auxiliary Flight RAF(Oct 1949 - 1 Oct 1950)
Hong Kong Auxiliary Squadron(1 Oct 1950 - 24 Nov 1953)
Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force Wing(24 Nov 1953 - xxx 1954)
Hong Kong Fighter Squadron(24 Nov 1953 - xxx 1954
No. 215 Squadron RAF(Oct 1945 - Feb 1946)
No. 209 Squadron RAFApr 1946 - Jan 1955)
No. 81 Squadron RAF(Oct 1947 - Apr 1958)
No. 205 Squadron RAF(Sep 1949 - Mar 1958)
No. 88 Squadron RAF(Jun 1951 - Oct 1954)
No. 60 Squadron RAF(Jul 1961 - May 1968)
No. 103 Squadron RAF(Aug 1963 - Mar 1969)
No. 110 Squadron RAF(Jan 1964 - Mar 1969)
No. 45 Squadron RAF(Jun 1965 - Feb 1970)
Kai Tak Runway
Kai Tak's first runway was a grass strip and the first tarmac, an east-west runway, was 457 metres long in 1939. A series of extensions were added over the years:
*1940s - 1,371 metres runway added by the Japanese
*1956 - 2,194 metres north-south runway added
*1970 - 2,541 metres
*1975 - 3,358 metres
*post 1975 - single paved
runway13/31 - 3390 metres (or 11,122 feet)
* hanger for aircraft at Choi Hung Road [ [http://www.batgung.com/node/1810 Kai Tak Airport] ] used to store
Supermarine Spitfiresduring WWII.
* UTC+8 Beijing Time /
Hong Kong Time
List of airports in Hong Kong
Sek Kong Airfield
*List of RAF stations
Hong Kong International Airport
Kai Tak Airport(the former Hong Kong International Airport, closed since 1998)
British Forces Overseas Hong Kong
* [http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-K.htm#Kai%20Tak Crest Badge and Information of RAF Kai Tak]
* [http://www.raf.mod.uk/history_old/histories.html History of RAF]
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