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1945 – 1970 1971 – 1993
1971 March 21st Arrow The last of the dual control Austers is grounded and written off following a ground loop.
August 30th Arrow The Colours of the Royal Hong Kong Defence Force are laid up in St John’s Cathedral.
October 1st Arrow Wing Commander S.P.J. Ellis AE is appointed Commanding Officer.
November Arrow Delivery is taken of two Beechcraft Musketeers as primary trainers. Beechcraft Musketeer
1972 January 24th Arrow Replacement of 28 Squadron’s Whirlwinds by the first four Wessex 2s begins.
March 8th Arrow Delivery is taken of a Britten Norman Islander BN2A equipped with a full range of avionics, radar capable of locating small ships at a range of 40 miles, and a wide angle Swiss Wild Heerbrug RC10 survey camera. Britten Norman Islander
Arrow An Air Survey Unit is established within the Crown Lands & Survey Office.
Arrow The RHKAAF commences fire-fighting duties with the acquisition of a seventy gallon bucket for the Alouettes.
July 29th Arrow The final flight of 28 Squadron’s Whirlwinds takes place.
1973 June Arrow Her Majesty The Queen graciously awards a Squadron Standard to the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. This award is made two years earlier than the usual twenty-five years of qualifying service as a result of the Squadron ‘having earned the Sovereign’s appreciation for especially outstanding operations’. Designed by the College of Arms it bears the unit’s crest with the motto ‘Semper Paratus’ (Always Ready) implying, in addition to its literal meaning, a readiness to change and adapt to the changing circumstances of Hong Kong. The field of the standard is in blue with a border of chrysanthemums, gold leaves and silver stars: the leaves in gold to echo the decorative frame of the crest, and the stars in silver to identify the background with the sky. RHKAAF Standard
1975 May 5th Arrow Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by HRH Prince Philip visits Hong Kong. A fly-past over the arriving ‘Britannia’ is held. On the insistance of CRAF the order of the fly-past is the RAF Wessexes followed by Scouts and Gazelles of 656 Squadron, Army Air Corps, with the RHKAAF bringing up the rear. Following only abbreviated practices, with just one or two helicopters from the RAF & Army, there never being an all aircraft dress rehearsal, the fly-past itself is not the usual success expected. When flying through the harbour and almost overhead Britannia, the speed of the helicopters starts to reduce and the cumulative ripple effect is for the Army helicopters, especially the last Scout in formation, right in front of the Islander, leading two Alouettes on the wingtips and a Musketeer in the box to flare and reduce speed rapidly from the 70 kts being flown to about 45 kts. To avoid collision the Islander applies full power and manages to climp over the Scout. The two Alouettes each break outwards and climb whilst the Musketeer, buffeted by the Islander’s turbulence, breaks right towards the high rise buildings of Central into as steep a climbing turn as it can manage, which is not much. To the spectators it appears this break in formation is part of the show. The RHKAAF has never again flown in a mixed fixed / rotary wing formation with the RAF/Army except in the lead.
June 1st Arrow Wing Commander R.G. Penlington AE + clasp is appointed Commanding Officer.
1977 November 18th Arrow Two Scottish Aviation Bulldogs arrive to replace the one remaining Musketeer. However they were damaged in transit and do not enter service until January 1978. Scottish Aviation Bulldogs
1978 Arrow The RAF-type rondels are removed from RHKAAF aircraft and replaced with the HK Government Coat of Arms on the fuselage, and painted with a red diagonal sash on its glossy white surface, to indicate civilian rather than military operation. Coat of Arms of Hong Kong
May 17th Arrow 28 Squadron moves back to Shek Kong after thirty-one years.
November 21st Arrow The last Sioux of 656 Squadron, Army Air Corps departs.
1979 March 3rd Arrow The RHKAAF moves to the new headquarters next to Hong Kong International Airport.
March 5th Arrow The Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force is presented with the Squadron Standard by HRH Prince Charles at Shek Kong. HRH Prince Charles Presents the RHKAAF Standard
October 9th Arrow Delivery is taken of the Cessna 404 Titan, fitted with a Wild RC 10 aerial survey camera. Cessna 404 Titan
1980 August Arrow The Alouettes are replaced by three twin engine Aerospatiale Dauphin 365Cs.
1983 April 1st Arrow Wing Commander Alistair Asprey OBE AE+clasp takes over as Commanding Officer
April 1st Arrow Air Commodore Ross Penlington OBE AE+clasp is appointed Honorary Air Commodore.
1984 January Arrow A Billy Pugh net is acquired for use with the Dauphins.
September 26th Arrow The Sino-British Joint Agreement on the future of Hong Kong after 30th June 1997 is signed. Plans to convert the unit to a civilian operation commence.
1986 October 21st Arrow HM Queens Elizabeth II, accompanied by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, makes her last visit to Hong Kong.   A flypast over Britannia goes well, with the full fleet of the RHKAAF leading five Wessexes of 28 Squadron, RAF and five Scouts of 656 Squadron, AAC. 1986 Queens Visit Fly-Past
December Arrow The new, lightweight uniform is worn for the first time at pay parade.
1987 October 2nd Arrow Delivery of the first of two Beechcraft Super King Airs is taken in Wichita. Beechcraft Super King Airs
Arrow The Titan is sold to British Caledonian
November Arrow The first two (of four) Slingsby T67 M200 Fireflies arrive to replace the Bulldogs.  They are fully aerobatic, have good I/F avionics, basically for use for pilot training. Slingsby T67 M200 Firefly
1988 January 1st Arrow Wing Commander Roy Brooks MBE AE + clasp is appointed Commanding Officer.
August 31st Arrow The remaining two Slingsbys are delivered and the two Bulldogs sold.
September 10th Arrow The second Super King Air arrives from Wichita-San Fransisco.
October 2nd Arrow An announcement is made that the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force is to become the Government Flying Services.
December 13th Arrow An announcement is made that Shek Kong is to become a training airfield, to help with the expansion programme.
1989 July 11th Arrow The last remaining Spitfire (VN 485) is shipped out to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, initially on loan then to be a gift.
October Arrow Nearly half of the runway at Shek Kong is now a tented camp containing some 7,000 boat people. This has meant the end, for the time being, of fixed wing flying there which has a detrimental effect on the training programme of the RHKAAF. This results in having to send twelve students to the UK for their basic training, in batches of three.
1990 June 25th Arrow The first three (of eight) Sikorsky S76 helicopters are delivered. Sikorskies Over Victoria Harbour
July 5th Arrow A Dauphin performs the last SAR before the fleet retires after ten years service.
November Arrow Two further Sikorsky S76As are delivered, with the final later in the year.
1991 January 1st Arrow Wing Commander Dickie Yip, AE + clasp is appointed Commanding Officer.
1992 June 25th Arrow The Legislative Council approves the new Government Flying Service Ordinance which has an Auxiliary Section written into it, thus guaranteeing a continued existence for Volunteers, with a Senior Auxiliary Member to head the section.
July 10th Arrow Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong arrives and is greeted by a flypast of nine RHKAAF aircraft and helicopters, and six RAF helicopters
July 31st Arrow The Unit moves to its new headquarters at 1 Cheung Yip Street.
December 15th Arrow Just three and a half months before its intended retirement date the Islander ditches in Tolo Harbour and is written off.
1993 January Arrow Two Sikorsky S-70A-27 Black Hawk helicopters arrive.
March 1st Arrow A disbandment parade for the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force is held, with the salute being taken by H.E. the Governor, Chris Patten.
March 31st Arrow Honorary Air Commodore Ross Penlington OBE AE + clasp takes the salute of the final flypast of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force at Noon then fires the Jardines noonday gun at Causeway Bay ensuring the Unit goes out with a bang.
The Standard of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force is later laid up at St John’s Cathedral
April 1st Arrow The Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force becomes the Government Flying Service.

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