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Map Showing First Far- Eastern Air Routes to Hong Kong

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1936

On 24 March 1936 the first flight carrying airmail from London arrived in Hong Kong via Penang.  This map from ' The Far Eastern Review' shows the new Far Eastern Air Routes used by Britain's 'The Imperial Airways'. 

Royal Mail Aircraft "Dorado" in the Hangar at Kai Tak Airport March 1936

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1936

On 24 March 1936 the first flight carrying airmail from London arrived aboard The Imperail Airways aircraft "Dorado" from Penang.  This phot , scanned from the June 1936 edition of 'The Far Eastern Review' shows the aircraft crew being welcomed by a party of VIPs inside the hangar ar Kai Tak aerodrome

Hongkong-Penang Route Time Table with London Connections - 1936

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1936

Published in the June 1936 edition of 'The Far Eastern Review' this timetable shows the timings for the newly established once-weekly England-Australia service by The Imperial Airways with connections from Penang to Hong Kong. 

The flight crew of Imperial Airways aircraft "Dorado" with the Governor

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1936

On 24 March 1936 the first flight carrying airmail from London arrived aboard The Imperial Airways aircraft "Dorado" from Penang.  This photo , scanned from the June 1936 edition of 'The Far Eastern Review' shows the aircraft crew with the the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Andrew Caldecott inside the hangar ar Kai Tak aerodrome.

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It may be interest or not to readers who follow Cathy Pacific’s history that one of its Douglas DC 6B propeller-driven airliners is still active in 2019 after an exceptionally long life for this type of aircraft.

Owned by Cathy as VR-HFK and operated from Kai Tak during 1958-62, it was sold to the Norwegian airline Braathens South America & Far East Airlines that had pioneered the early post-war years “school-children” flights to and from Hong Kong enabling children at boarding schools in Europe to return to their parents for the holidays.

Philippines to Hong Kong-claimed first flight

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1924

Flicking through the book Trails in Philippine Skies I noticed the above claim which I had not heard of previously.

I can find no other references to this historic flight.

Have any Hong Kong newsprint search Sleuths seen anything that can substantiate this claim?

 It should have made a very big news story at the time. The book is somewhat vague when mentioning the actual year dates of events

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 arrival-1997

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1997

Familiar sights for those fortunate to have a window seat in front of the wings

Harrison Forman-an Indiana Jones?

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1934

I came across this at a "aviation jumble sale" yesterday in the UK. The article is  in a 1934 edition of the UK's magazine Popular Flying. It would seem that Harrison Forman was something of an 'Indiana Jones' character before he settled on journalism and reportage photography in China and Hong Kong.   The article is written in a very breezy 1930s style depicting what "fun" it is to be roaming foreign lands. He also describes selling aircraft to "War Lords".

Repulse Bay-Amphibious Sea Plane

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1948
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The flying boats depicted in the 1920s image were not the last to visit Repulse Bay. In 1948 Mr KB Lee took his Republic Sea Bee there

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