Balloon Flight and Parachute Jump Capt.
Thomas Baldwin and his younger brother carried out the first reported balloon flight at Happy Valley, once the balloon had acceded, the young brother jumped and made the first and successful parachute jump in Hong Kong. Today Hong Kong continues in the same spirit under the canopy of the Hong Kong Balloon and Airship Club.
At 5.10pm in Yuen Chau Kok , Sha Tin, Charles Van den Born took to the air in Hong Kong’s first heavier than air flight in a Farman Mk II named Wanda. (not a fish). A replica of this original plane was built and flown at Chek Lap Kok just before the opening of the new airport. It now hangs in the main entrance hall at the new airport.
The Hong Kong Aviation Club remains based at Kai Tak which is the focus of all social activities. The relocation of the main airport from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok has resulted in the closure of the famous Kai Tak runway and at present recreational flying is not permitted at CLK. All flying activities now take place at Shek Kong. The Club continues to provide flight training instruction including aerobatics and is currently running a young eagles program giving the opportunity for young people to experience flying. The HKAC prime objective is to continue to promote all aspects of recreational flying.