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Republic of China Air Force & Army
In 2014 two of our permanent members visited the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Day 1: Wrecks & Relics day!
Having arrived late in the afternoon the previous day, our first full day in Taiwan was a Sunday. A perfect day to visit a lot of W&R places while travelling from Taipeh to Chiayi; which was going to be the first operational base to visit on Monday.
Tachia – March 09 2014
F-104G 4416 62-12349
TF-104G 4178 61-3082
Shalu 9 – March 09 2014
RF-104G 4371 63-13249
Taichung – March 09 2014
F-100A 0234 53-1642
PL-12 5804 L-28818-27A
Jhanghua – March 09 2014
C-119G 3183 51-8071
F-5E 5125 74-0982
F-104G 4417 63-13645
Xihu – March 09 2014
C-119G 3160 51-7985
F-5E 5140 74-0997
F-100F 0011 53-1566
RF-104G 4400 67-22517
Erlun – March 09 2014
F-5E 5138 74-0995
Ershui – March 09 2014
F-5E 5207 76-0447
Jiji – March 09 2014
F-104G 4303 62-12252
Shuili – March 09 2014
F-5E 5220 76-0490
F-104DJ 4595 36-5017
Zhuqi – March 09 2014
F-5E 522(9) 76-1624
Day 2: Chiayi / Gueiren / Tainan & W&R
We started the day at Chiayi and it looked promising with some S-70’s flying circuits already early in the morning. Unfortunately, after a few hours of waiting, still no action of the based F-16’s. We decided to move on to Keuijen to see some helicopters, before moving on to Tainan to hopefully catch the Ching Kuo’s in the afternoon. Unfortunately, no activity of the Ching Kuo’s at Tainan, but we did catch two P-3’s from Pingtung who were making numerous touch & goes. Hopefully more luck tomorrow….
Also today, some w&r locations were visited while travelling between the airfields.
Jiayi – March 10 2014
F-5E 5251 77-0334
Madou – March 10 2014
F-5E 5121 74-0978
Guiren – March 10 2014
F-100A 0233 53-1612
Day 3: Tainan / Gangshan / Pingtung & W&R
We started early today to see if Tainan would fly this time. When driving to the airfield, we already saw to Ching Kuo’s in the approach! By the time we were on the right spot for making photo’s, it all became silent and no further activities of the based aircraft. After two hours of waiting, we decided to take our luck at Gangshan Academy. Also here, it was quiet and no flying activities. A visit to the museum was made (closed till October 2014 for renovation-work, but luckily they let us in…).
Next stop was Pingtung, for one of the main targets of this trip: the S-2F Tracker. When arriving in the neighborhood of the field, we saw already on S-2 in take-of. After 20 minutes of waiting in the approach, we saw another example taking of. Time to find a spot on the other side of the airfield! We had to wait for almost 1.5 hours to see the last one coming back again. Unfortunately never saw a sign again of the first one that took of…
Kangshan ROC Air Force Museum – March 11 2014
H-5 0195 PLA
J-2 1765 PLA
J-5 83065 PLA
J-6 3171 PLA
J-6 40208 PLA
J-6 40307 PLA
P-51 053 inside ex Philippines
MiG-21F-13 2318 ex Hungary
B-26C 844 (44-35444) fake serial
BE D-18S AT-11005
F-5B 1104/66-9237 as “69257”
F-86F F86049/51-13283 as “6408/25479”
F-104G 4413/62-12345 inside
O-1G 9301 0-169305
PT-17 054 inside
S-2A 2102/S2 2102/133951
C-46A C46-045 ex South Korea
Kangshan ROCAF Technical School – March 11 2014
Luhzu – March 11 2014
F-104G 4378 63-13260
Day 4: Tainan / Gueiren / Kangshang / Tainan
Today we started again at Tainan but again no activity in the morning. We decided to get back here later in the afternoon and quickly move to Gueiren to see some helicopters flying (two days ago we visited the field during lunchtime, so not much action was seen then). This time we did see some helicopters flying. Next stop was Gangshan. Only ten minutes after arriving here, we cached the morning-wave returning home, nice timing! Final stop today was again Tainan. It was still quite when we arrived here, but finally, around 15:00 they started flying and we were able to take our first pictures of the Ching Kuo’s.
Day 5: Chiayi / Hsinshe / CCK & W&R
Chiayi was the first base to visit today. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor and it seems the ROCAF is not flying at all when it is raining. So no activities here; we moved on to see some W&R and decided to have a look at Hsinshe as well. Unfortunately, there are hardly any spots to see or photograph the helicopters on this Army Field. Next stop: Ching Chuan Kang (or simply CCK). Also here no signs of flying activities, besides a lot of civil aircraft flying into Taichung Airport using the same runway! A quick stop at the old airport of Taichung (where a company is doing maintenance on Army helicopters) learned that this airport is closed now and buildings are being broken down.
Daya AIDC – March 13 2014
F-5E 5308/81-0015 tiger markings
Daya – March 13 2014
Shalu – Chia Yang High School – March 13 2014
Taichung – March 13 2014
Day 6: CCK / Hsinchu / Lungtan & W&R
Unlike yesterday, the weather looked very promising this morning. We decided to try our luck again at CCK and we were not disappointed! Around 09:15 the first Ching Kuo’s took off and a total of 17 were seen within two hours. After the morning-mission, we moved on to Hsinchu to see if we could catch some Mirage’s on a Friday afternoon. Soon after our arrival, one Mirage 2000D took off. It started to make numerous practice-approaches and touch & goes. Unfortunately it looked like this was the only action here for this afternoon. We therefore moved on to Lungtan, an Army field not far away from Hsinchu. This is however a very difficult field to see anything of the action. The helicopters are parked in the far distance and it is not easy to find a spot in the approach to photograph any helicopters that might fly. Activity was limited to only 1 UH-1 hoovering on the field.
Of course, we visited some W&R location this day as well.
Sinjhu – March 14 2014
Bei – March 14 2014
Lungtan city – March 14 2014
Day 7: Hsinchu / Sungshan & W&R
Today was a Saturday, so W&R was on the program again. But since the ROCAF is sometimes also flying on a Saturday-morning (not all fields, it is depending on the number of missions flown during the week), we fist went back Hsinchu to see if anything was going on here. When we approached the airfield we saw two Mirage’s taking off in the distance! It turned out be a morning very well spent with 20 Mirage’s being seen active between 09:00 and 11:15
Next stop was Sungshan, to see if we could catch some aircraft of the transport & VIP fleet. No aircraft were parked outside but all hangars were open, allowing us to see almost the entire fleet.
The rest of the day was spent on W&R.
Dayuan – March 15 2014
Chiang Kai Shek museum -March 15 2014
F-86F F86098/6098 ex 51-2894
S-2A 2001 cockpit only
F-5E 5195/75-0368 as “00368”
Keelung – March 15 2014
Taipei Shulin – March 15 2014
Taoyuan Ta Shing senior high school – March 15 2014
Day 8: Wrecks & Relics
Being a Sunday today, it was again time to see more W&R. Just like last Sunday, we ended our day at Chiayi to hopefully see some F-16’s flying the next day.
Tucheng – March 16 2014
Sinjhu, China University of Science and Technology – March 16 2014
B.727 (2723) ex RoCAF
BN-2 B-11110, B-11123, B-11126
UH-1H NA-508 ex 336/62-2036 c/n 18036
UH-1H NFA-901 (ex 301/59-2001 c/n 18001)
Yunlin University – March 16 2014
Nanhua March 16 2014
Day 9: Chiayi / Tainan
Having been here twice last week with no luck, we hoped to see some activity at Chiayi this Monday morning. The day started good with some visitors and the local helicopters being active. Still no sign of F-16’s though…. Finally around 10:00 we heard some F-16’s taking off. Two hours later we had 11 F-16’s on the photo. We decided to move on to Tainan, to see if we could take some more photos of the Ching Kuo’s but this time under sunny conditions. We arrived around 13:15 and two hours later the field became active. By the time we left (around 17:15) we had seen 13 different fighters and some visitors.
Day 10: Kangshang / Pingtung & W&R
Last week we had seen quite some AT-3’s at Kangshang, but hardly any T-34’s. We therefore decided to start the day at Kangshang for some more T-34’s.
We arrived around 08:15 and it all looked quite. However, around 09:15 one T-34 after another came in. Within 15 minutes we saw 16 T-34’s returning. Nice!
We decided to move on and not wait for the next wave of AT-3’s, as we wanted to spend more time at Pingtung to hopefully catch another S-2 and maybe an E-2. Unfortunately, we were just too late to photograph an E-2 that was returning to base. Luckily, around 10 minutes later another example turned up in the approach! We waited a few hours longer, but no activity here anymore 🙁
Some more W&R was seen, before starting the three hours’ drive to Taitung.
Kaosiung, Cheng Ching Lake – March 18 2014
Kaosiung, Military cemetery March 18 2014
TF-104G 4182/63-8454 (marked incorrectly as 63-8485)
Kaosiung, Tatung Advanced Commercial School – March 18 2014
Ligang – March 18 2014
Pingtung – March 18 2014
Day 11: Taitung & W&R
Today it was time for one of the main targets of the trip: F-5’s! We were already early at the field, as Taitung tends to start very early if they are flying. However, nothing happened in the morning. In the afternoon, the weather turned slightly better and finally around 14:00 we saw the first F-5’s taxiing to the runway for the afternoon-mission.
Taidong – March 19 2014
TF-104G no markings (4179/61-3083)
Day 12: Taitung / Hualien & W&R
Because yesterday there was only an afternoon-mission flown and the weather was not that great, we decided to start again at Taitung today. When we arrived at the airfield around 08:00 we already heard some fighters taking off! Just 5 minutes after we had taken our spot in the approach, other F-5’s came back from a mission. Weather-conditions were still far from ideal, but substantially better than yesterday.
After the morning-mission we started on the three our scenic drive to Hualien. When arriving in the neighborhood around 14:00 we saw the last F-16’s returning to base. We waited some time but with the weather turning bad (it started to rain occasionally) it became clear that no afternoon-mission would be flown here. Just when we wanted to leave, we heard the S-2 which was parked on the ramp starting up; and a few minutes later it departed. A nice bonus!
We ended the day with visiting a w&r location.
Hualien school – 20 March 2014
F-86F no markings
Day 13: Hualien/Songshan & W&R
Today was our last day to see the aircraft of the ROCAF in action. Luckily, they were already flying at Hualien when we arrived here at 08:00
Two RF-5’s came back from a mission (we had missed them taking-off) but fortunately took-off again around 1.5 hours later. Besides seeing around 19 F-16’s we also noted 8 F-5’s from Taitung making high approaches.
After the morning-mission we decided to move on to drive back to Taipeh. We made a stop at Songshan, which turned out to be very fruitful, as 4 C-130’s were parked on the ramp besides various local transport -& VIP aircraft.
Of course, w&r locations were also on the agenda today.
This concluded our 14 days / 3.286 km trip thru Taiwan!
Suao – March 21 2014
Luodong – March 21 2014
F -5E 5293/80-0314
Tamsui, Tamkan University – March 21 2014
F-100A no markings (0214/53-1571)
PL-1 no markings (5845)
C-45B no markings (B-205), civil
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