hong kong Hong Kong / Kai Tak International Airport

Kowloon, Kowloon

Hong Kong


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4.9240 Hong Kong Port, Kowloon
5.9220 Victoria Barracks, Hong Kong
6.0238VHSS Sheung Wan Heliport, Hong Kong
6.1238VHST Shun Tak Heliport, Hong Kong
6.8268 Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
13.3322 Tai Mo Shan HLS, New Territories

1924 to 1998

22° 19' 2'' N - 114° 12' 9'' E
Kowloon Bay
Elevation: 15 feet

History of this Location

Seaplanes began using Victoria Harbour in Mar 1911. Dr Ho-Kai and Mr Au Tak started an ill-fated building scheme. The adjacent land was given to the HK Government which built and named the airport after them. It opened as RAF Kai Tak in 1927 and a concrete slipway was added in 1928. The control tower and first hangar were built in 1935 and commercial flights began in Mar 1936. The Japanese extended the facilities between 1943 and 1945.
From Sep 1945, its was used by the Royal Navy as shore base HMS Nabcatcher until Aug 1946. On 1 May 1946 it came under the HK Civil Aviation Department, although the RAF base remained. Cathay Pacific started its first flights with a DC-3 in Sep 1946. On 1 Apr 1947 it was recommissioned as HMS Flycatcher. The modernisation plan was announced in 1954 and in 1958 the famous 13/31 runway of 2529m, extending out into Kowloon Bay was built. It was extended to 3390m in 1975 and the cargo terminal opened a year later. Further improvements took place between 1984 and 1988.
Expansion of the cargo facilities and aircraft parking on the East and South Aprons followed. The city of Hong Kong had expanded too and it was clear an alternate site was required. The last passenger flight took off on the night of 5/6 Jul 1998 for London (Heathrow) and operations were moved to the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, WNW of Hong Kong on Lantau Island. The 413 hectare site of Kai Tak had to be de-contaminated for 2 years and has since been re-developed for housing, office space and leisure and the Airport of the Nine Dragons was no more.

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List of units at Kai Tak

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1997UK 28 SquadronWessex 1972/97
1993/98GFSS-70 H-60 1993/02
1970UK 847NASWessex 1969/71
1968/78UK 28 SquadronWessex 1972/97
Whirlwind 1968/72
1963/64UK 846 NASWhirlwind 1962/64
1949/93RHKAAFS-70A-27 Black Hawk 1992/93
SA365 Dauphin 2 1980/90
Alouette III 1965/80
Widgeon 1958/65

List of aircraft and events at Kai Tak

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1972-may-11 UK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.10XP340
1972-may-11 UK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.10XP363
1972-may-11 blown over by windsUK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.10XR455

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