Stonecutters Island airport proposal – pre and post WW2

HF: Rob Weir started our interest in the possibility of Stonecutters Island being a site for Hong Kong airport given the dissatisfaction with Kai Tak post WW2 mainly related to its short runways and proximity to mountains. Rob found  a Foreign Office file 371/53639   held at The National Archives at Kew, London, UK. The file refers to an investigation of […]

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‘Chic Eather’s’ website – Early balloon/plane flights in HK, Kai Tak and much more!

HF: Charles ‘Chic’  Eather was born on 2nd August 1920 in Sydney Australia. He has had a full life and was an airline pilot for Ansett Airways and Cathay Pacific retiring from the latter in 1975. Chic has a large website, packed with mostly aviation related information and images. Of great interest to to us are the following: – On […]

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WW2 – potential Japanese aerodromes and landing grounds in HK

IDJ: The attached document  appears to be asking the questions to which the BAAG was charged with finding the answers for, including those in your recent posting Kai Tak airport – BAAG Reports 1942-1944, plus other HK landing strips.  The document is from the National Archives in London. There are many pages asking about dozens of airfields or potential airfields across […]

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The Port of Hong Kong – Marine Dept 1966 – ship building, ship breaking

Mike T and Hugh Farmer: The Port of Hong Kong was published by the Marine Department in 1966. The report covers a great deal to do with the administration of the port at this time. Of particular interest:- The section on Ship Breaking contains a list of firms engaged in this industry in the mid-1960s. Dockyards, Drydocks, Shipbuilding and Repair […]

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Kai Tak airport – BAAG Reports 1942-1944, plus other HK landing strips

Elizabeth Ride: The following reports concern Kai Tak aerodrome in BAAG Intelligence Summaries. I do not guarantee that I have been able to find every single mention, and I advise anyone interested to have a look at the collected Intelligence reports in the Hong Kong Heritage Project (see below).  I have added some bombing reports to this article. I would […]

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Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in HK from 1896

HF and Elizabeth Ride (ER) New information in red. The article 1941 Report – Future Control and Development of the Port Of Hong Kong mentions the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. The first Hong Kong mention I can find is about the Vacuum Oil Company  from The Hongkong Government Gazette of 23rd May 1896. Then this from the Hongkong Government Gazette of […]

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The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd – Flight magazine 1952

IDJ: This article comes from Flight magazine 8th Feb 1952 Hugh Farmer: The article states that HAEC was formed by the “pooling of British shipping and air interests”. The HAECO group website says that the company was established in 1950 following a merger between Swire’s Pacific Air Maintenance Services (established in 1947) and Jardine Air Maintenance Company. I wonder what […]

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