This mural commemorates the first aircraft to fly in Hong Kong: on 18 March 1911, Charles Van den Born flew his 1910 vintage Farman III over Hong Kong’s Sha Tin beach.
The importance of this event is also recognised at Hong Kong International Airport (aka Chek Lop Kok). For the opening of this new airport, it was decided to commission a replica of the Farman aircraft. In 1997, the replica recreated the flight over Sha Tin and was the first aircraft to land at the new airport. The airport officially opened in 1998, and the aircraft now hangs in the terminal, looking just like the mural that now decorates a wall in Sha Tin.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 December 2018