Hong Kong's second world war history

Flying Tigers war plane replica to go on show in Hong Kong despite delay at border checkpoint

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 November, 2015, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 November, 2015, 12:00am

A replica of an iconic second world war aircraft flown by Flying Tigers pilots ran into difficulties entering Hong Kong yesterday, becoming stuck at a border checkpoint for at least four hours due to "missing paperwork".

The plane was brought in by truck from Shenzhen by the Hong Kong War History Research Association, which was planning to display it at Kwun Tong Promenade until the end of this month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

The plane arrived at the border yesterday morning and was originally scheduled to be at the promenade for a media preview at 11am. It eventually arrived at its destination yesterday evening.

"We had to file some documents we had missed. … The plane comes in one piece so it's quite big," said a spokeswoman for the association.

Despite the delay, the association said the public exhibition would go ahead as planned on Friday.

The Flying Tigers were a group of American pilots who fought on the mainland against the Japanese in defence of China during the war.

The pilots flew in planes painted with distinctive shark faces on the noses.

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department said it was not aware of any incidents involving the plane taking place on the Hong Kong side of the border yesterday.