Shek Kong Airfield

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nativename-a = 石崗機場
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location = Hong Kong
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The Shek Kong Airfield (Chinese: 石崗機場), ICAO:VHSK), or formerly Sek Kong Airfield, is the airbase of People's Liberation Army Air Force in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It is located in Shek Kong, near Pat Heung and Kam Tin.

Before the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the PRC in 1997, the airbase was used by the British Forces Overseas Hong Kong, and was then known as RAF Sek Kong. Construction of the airbase started in 1938, and was completed in 1950. The delay was due to Japanese occupation during the World War II. It was the first airport in Hong Kong with a paved runway. The general public can use the airport to learn to fly and operate private aeroplanes during weekends.

From the mid 1980s to 1992, RAF Sek Kong was a Vietnamese Refugee Detention Centre.

quadrons

A list of RAF squadrons based at Sek Kong:

* 80 Squadron RAF (3 Jan - 1 Feb 1950, 7 Mar - 28 Apr 1950)
* 28 Squadron RAF (1 May - 7 Oct 1950, 28 Mar 1951 - 15 Aug 1955, 5 Dec 1955 - 14 Jun 1957, 17 May 1978 - 1 Nov 1996)

There is only 1 PLA unit stationed in Sek Kong:

* PLAAF Helicopter Regiment 39968

Aircraft

Royal Airforce

A list of RAF aircraft stationed at Sek Kong:

Runway

* It has just a single paved runway.
* Elevation: 15m (50 feet)
* Length :1905m (6,250 feet)
* Width:37m (120 feet)

Timezone

* UTC+8 Beijing Time / Hong Kong Time

Gate for the public

The main gate is located at 250, Kam Tin Road in the Shek Kong area in Yuen Long District, the New Territories.

Public transport

* Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB)
** Route 51 Bus: Kam Tin-Tsuen Wan Nina Tower (HK$ 7.6) alight at "Shek Kong Camp" bus stop;
** Route 54 Bus: Yuen Long West-Sheung Tsuen (HK$4.7) alight at "Camp Swimming Pool" bus stop;
** Route 77K Bus: Yuen Long West-Cheung Wah (HK$6.9) alight at "Camp Swimming Pool" bus stop;
** Route 251M Bus: Kam Sheung Road West Rail Station-Tsing Yi Airport Railway Station (HK$8.4) alight at "Camp Swimming Pool" bus stop.

* Public 16 Seats Mini Green Bus by Wai Shun Company:
** Route 608 Mini Bus: Fung Cheung Road, Yuen Long -Wing Ning Lee, Wang Toi Shan, Pat Heung (HK$5.5) - "Camp Swimming Pool" stop;

* Taxi:
** There is a taxi rank at Exit C of Kam Sheung Road Station, KCR West Rail. The total distance of the journey is under 2.2km, giving a fare of around HK$14.90 and HK$17.80 respectively depending whether a green "New Territories taxi" or a red "urban taxi" is hired.

ee also

* List of airports in Hong Kong
* RAF Kai Tak
* List of RAF stations
* Hong Kong Aviation Club
* Hong Kong International Airport
* Kai Tak Airport (the former Hong Kong International Airport, already been closed in 1998)
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External links

* [http://www.helis.com/database/go/hk_sek_kong.php Helicopter Database - HK Sek Kong]
* [http://www.hkstar.com/~cchris/hkgsk.html Sek Kong]
* [http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-S.htm#Sek%20Kong Crest Badge and Information of RAF Sek Kong]
* [http://www.raf.mod.uk/history_old/histories.html History of RAF]


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