Photographer's Note

This photo shows a replica of the 1910 Farman aircraft, which hangs in the Terminal Building of the Hong Kong International Airport.

The original Farman aircraft made the first powered flight in Hong Kong, on the afternoon of 18th March 1911, at Shatin. The pilot was a Belgian, Mr. Charles Van den Born, who had flown the aircraft in Saigon and Bangkok before arriving in Hong Kong and then went on to fly in Canton (the modern Guangzhou) before returning to France.

The idea and planning for the project of building a replica of the Farman was initiated and organised by the Hong Kong Historical Aircraft Association. The Vintage Aviation Services of Marion, Texas, USA, was commissioned to construct the aircraft.

The replica was built as close as possible to the original specifications of the 1910 aircraft within the requirements of modern airworthiness regulations. One obvious exception to this was the engine - a modern 150 h.p. Lycoming engine replacing the original 50 h.p. rotary Gnome engine.

After a number of test flights on 16 and 17 November the Hong Kong Civil Aviation department issued a certificate of Airworthiness and the aircraft was registered as B-HMB for its brief flying career in Hong Kong.

On 18th November 1997 in front of 500 invited guests, some wearing costumes of the 1911 era, Mr Roger Freeman, owner of Vintage Aviation Services, took off from runway 07R and completed 6 circuits before the final landing of the Farman.

The aircraft was then transported across the airport to the Terminal Building where it was carefully lifted up to its current position above the southern arrivals and departures area.

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