Sha Tin Airfield

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Shatin Airfield
RAF Shatin
Shatinairfieldrunway.jpg
Runway of Sha Tin Airfield (highlighted in yellow)
IATA: N/AICAO: N/A
Summary
Airport type Military, Defunct
Owner RAF, Army Air Corps
Operator RAF, Army Air Corps
Serves Shatin, New Territories
Location Sha Tin
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 22.38024°N 114.18983°E / 22.38024°N 114.18983°E / 22.38024; 114.18983Coordinates: 22.38024°N 114.18983°E / 22.38024°N 114.18983°E / 22.38024; 114.18983
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 1,969 600 Paved concrete

Sha Tin Airfield was a small military airfield in Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, which had a single concrete runway. The airfield was located along the Shing Mun River and looked out to Tide Cove. The airfield served as a Flight (military unit) based for most of the location's existence.

The airfield was demolished in the early 1970s as the RAF consolidated their operations at RAF Shek Kong and later re-developed as part of the New Town project for Shatin.

History[edit]

In 1949, Sha Tin Airfield was built for use by the Royal Air Force (as RAF Shatin). The designation as an RAF airfield was brief and was transferred to the British Army's Army Air Corps (AAC). In the 1950s and 1960, the AAC rotated in various Air Observation Post Flight units from Britain to Hong Kong:

The Air Observation Post were under the command of the 40th Infantry Division.

The base operated the Auster AOP.6, an aircraft also used by the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force.

In 1962, Typhoon Wanda severely damaged much of the site. Subsequently, the base was demolished in the early 1970s to make way for developing the Sha Tin New Town.

During the late 1950s a private club used the airfield to fly RC model airplanes.[1] The club remained at the airfield until 1970.

Prior to 1949, the area was used briefly as an airfield. Belgian pilot Charles den Bron flew his Spirit of Shatin from an airfield in the area in 1911.

Geography[edit]

It was located near the Sha Tin Station of the Kowloon-Canton Railway British Section, near present-day Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Royal Park Hotel. The airfield was built on the shallow shores of Tide Cove.

Facilities[edit]

The airfield consisted of a single 600-metre runway, direction 05/23. Facilities at the airfield consisted of a small control tower, building and hangars made of corrugated steel sections. All the structures were demolished when the base closed in the 1970s. The Air Observation Post Headquarter's building was located at the edge of the Tide Cove facing Tolo Harbour.

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