Hong Kong’s Own

The Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force provided air support to the Crown Colony’s government for almost 50 years, via a variety of aircraft, as Andrew Thomas shows.

Auster AOP.6 VF643 was one of several employed until the mid-1960s.It was later re-serialled HKG-5 and withdrawn in 1967. 28 SQN RECORDS
Pilot training in the 1970s was conducted with two Scottish Aviation Bulldogs, KG-5 and HKG-6. RHKAF
The HKAAF flew Spitfires until 1955. This Mk.24, VN485, is at Sek Kong during the previous year’s summer camp. MRS K R BELL
The HKAAF’s first helicopters were two Westland Wigeons delivered in 1958. This example is flying during the October 7, 1961 AOC’s inspection at Kai Tak. 28 SQN RECORDS
Several Alouette IIIs were acquired in the mid-1960s, including HKG-2, which flew the RAF ensign for the Battle of Britain flypast on September 19, 1965. 28 SQN RECORDS
Eight Harvard T.2Bs were flown by the HKAAF, including FX476, which had the misfortune to belly land at Kai Tak on January 26, 1957. N W G MARSH

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