ROCAF - News & Discussion - Season 1

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(Obviously, I begin this thread to archive and assimilate Taiwan-based military aviation news that aren't accidents, attritions, or crashes; and aren't covered by the other threads that are aircraft-specific (F-5, F-16, IDF, Mirage 2000-5, &c).)

http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E5%9C%96%E6%96%87-%E9%A9%9A%E5%96%9C-160000249.html
http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E9%B7%B9%E7%9C%BC%E4%B8%89%E8%99%9F-%E9%A0%90%E8%AD%A6%E6%A9%9F%E8%BF%94%E5%9C%8B-%E6%80%A7%E8%83%BD%E5%A4%A7%E5%B9%85%E6%8F%90%E6%98%87-160000583.html
http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E5%9C%96%E6%96%87-%E9%B7%B9%E7%9C%BC%E9%A0%90%E8%AD%A6%E6%A9%9F%E8%BF%94%E5%9C%8B-160000708.html

2011/12/17:
The first batch of two ROCAF E-2T upgraded to E-2K in USA, came home, and arrived at Kao Hsiung Port.
In the early hours on 2011/12/18, they were towed to Kao Hsiung AP.

http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E9%BB%91%E8%9D%99%E8%9D%A0%E5%81%B5%E5%AF%9F%E6%A9%9F%E5%B7%B2%E8%A3%9D%E8%88%B9-%E6%98%8E%E5%B9%B4%E5%88%9D%E6%8A%B5%E5%8F%B0%E5%B1%95%E7%A4%BA-010623989.html

2011/12/17:
A B-26 bomber, one of the aircraft types used by the Black Bats spec ops squadron of the ROCAF, was disassembled and packed into containers in Seattle, and will be shipped to Taiwan. ETA January 2012, at Kao Hsiung Port.
It will be assembled and displayed at the Kang Shan ROCAF Academy.
The Black Bats spec ops squadron used B-17, B-26, P-2V, &c. Amongst 838 missions, lost 15 aircraft, and 148 KIAs.

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http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E9%BB%91%E8%9D%99%E8%9D%A0%E8%BD%9F%E7%82%B8%E6%A9%9F-%E8%87%AA%E7%BE%8E%E4%BE%86%E5%8F%B0%E9%99%B3%E5%B1%95-093125038.html
http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E9%BB%91%E8%9D%99%E8%9D%A0%E8%BD%9F%E7%82%B8%E6%A9%9F-%E5%B0%87%E8%87%AA%E7%BE%8E%E4%BE%86%E5%8F%B0%E9%99%B3%E5%B1%95-094028020.html
http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E9%BB%91%E8%9D%99%E8%9D%A0%E8%BD%9F%E7%82%B8%E6%A9%9F-%E4%BE%86%E5%8F%B0%E5%A1%97%E8%A3%9D%E5%B1%95%E7%A4%BA-153610949.html

2011/12/19:
ROCAF announced one B-26 will arrive by sea, at Kao Hsiung Port, on 2012/01/09. After it's repainted in ROCAF scheme, it'll be displayed at the Kang Shan ROCAF Academy.
Assisted by the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, and negotiated with the US Government, ROCAF exchanged one each of retired F-5E and F-5F for the B-26. The B-26 was disassembled and packed into containers in Seattle, on 2011/12/09.
After it arrives in Taiwan, its technicians will supervise the disassembly and packing of the F-5s.

The articles don't mention their S/Ns. 8(

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3 January 2012:
The retired B-26 from Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum at Portland, USA, arrived at Kao Hsiung Port, Taiwan.
On 4 January, it would be delivered to ROCAF Academy at Kang Shan.
According to schedule, on 9 January, US mechanics would come and re-assemble the B-26 in as few as one day.
After about three weeks, US mechanics would assist to re-paint the B-26 as a ROCAF Black Bat spec ops squadron aircraft.
Afterwards, they would supervise the disassembly, packing, and emigration of two ROCAF retired F-5E and F-5F (one each).
Before the exchange, Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum already had at least two B-26s.

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2012/02/09:
In Hua Lien County (Hua Lian County), at the Hua Lien Chung Hwa Vocational Senior High School (Hua Lian Zhong Hua Vocational Senior High School), a retired ROCAF F-86, after 10+ years, has poor maintenance.
On February 4, ROC MND staff went to take a look, and confirmed the front fuselage was OK, but the middle and rear fuselages were seriously damaged.
ROCAF 1st Logistics Command will retrieve and repair the middle and rear fuselages, while the school keeps the front fuselage.

http://www.chvs.hlc.edu.tw/

Hua Lien Chung Hwa Vocational Senior High School.

http://210.59.7.3/modules/tinyd0/air-1.html

Aircraft maintenance programme at said school.

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Human Error Blamed for Deadly Taiwan Jets Crash

http://www.xairforces.net/images/news/large_news/070212_TaiwanAF_F-5F_Tiger-II.jpg

Human error was responsible for a crash of two military jets in Taiwan last year that led to the deaths of three pilots, according to a preliminary report released Feb. 7 by the defense ministry.

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http://www.worldjournal.com/view/full_news/17650060/article-%E7%AC%AC1%E5%80%8B%E5%A5%B3%E9%A3%9B%E8%A1%8C%E4%B8%AD%E9%9A%8A%E9%95%B7-%E8%80%81%E5%85%AC%E5%BE%97%E6%95%AC%E7%A6%AE?instance=news_pics

http://www.nownews.com/2009/12/09/11490-2543926.htm

2012/02/26:
First squadron female commander in ROCAF.
Lieutenant Colonel CHEN Yue Fang.
CO, 101st Squadron, 10th Group, 439th Composite Wing, based at Ping Tung AB.
Commands 10 C-130s.
18 years in ROCAF.
Three years ago, became first female main pilot of ROCAF C-130.
Husband (Major?) YU Tai Sheng is C-130 navigator.
Daughter (9).

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Taipei cuts budget for F-16 upgrades

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With less money than is needed to acquire everything released by the US in September, Taiwan’s air force will have to make some tough choices

The Executive Yuan is only giving the Ministry of National Defense US$3.7 billion for the upgrade of the nation’s ageing F-16 aircraft, the Taipei Times has learned. As a result of that decision, the ministry has told the air force that it cannot afford to spend US$5.1 billion on the upgrade package, notified to US Congress in September last year, for its 145 F-16A/Bs.

The Times was also informed that a decision has been made not to replace the aircraft’s F-100-PW-220 engines with F-100-PW-229, work that would have cost an estimated US$1.35 billion.

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http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/pei131313/article?mid=6707&sc=1#6712

On 18 May 2012, Pei 13 (retired ROCAF fighter pilot) and friends went to check the C/N plates in the F-104s displayed at Cheng Gong Ling, Ji Ji, and Shui Li.

(Gory details skipped.)

Conclusions:

Cheng Gong Ling F-104J is 4519.

Ji Ji F-104J is 4506.
Indeed, its cockpit still has its compass calibration sheet, dated 80.01.19 (I guess 1991.01.19), and signed by Tao (technician's family name).

Shui Li F-104DJ is 4595.

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24 July 2012:
F-5E. 5282. 00303. 80-0303.
Retired ROCAF.
About 3:00 AM, delivered by two trucks from Hua Lian AB, arrived at Pai Yun Primary School, Si Jhih District, New Taipei City, Taiwan.
After two hours, by sunrise, military techs assembled the fighter.

Last year, teachers and students suddenly got the idea to apply to ROCAF for a retired fighter.

Pai Yun Primary School:

http://www.pyps.ntpc.edu.tw/xoops/

"Pai Yun", actually pronounced "Bai Yun", means "White Cloud".

http://news.chinatimes.com/domestic/11050615/112012072500507.html

http://tw.news.yahoo.com/%E5%9C%8B%E5%B0%8F%E6%95%99%E5%AD%B8-f-5%E6%88%B0%E9%AC%A5%E6%A9%9F%E9%A3%9B%E9%80%B2-%E7%99%BD%E9%9B%B2-213000621.html

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http://www.bcc.com.tw/news/newsview.asp?cde=1842437
http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20120731/7488817.html
http://newtalk.tw/news_read.php?oid=27736

31 July 2012:
ROC MND confirmed media reports that flares bought for F-16s were defective.
In each of 2005 and 2008, ROCAF bought MJU-7A/B flares.
Total quantity is 70 thousand shots.

ROCAF used and found some flares were defective.
In 2009, ROC MND sued supplier(s), and asked CSIST (Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology) to resolve the problem.
CSIST completed its research, and probably would improve the flares by 2013.

Reportedly, the two batches of flares cost over NT$ 60 mil.
They can't, or fail to, fire.
They remain in warehouses, and aren't used.

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Hi Don,

Does the ROCAF still use F-5E/F in combat duties or are they purely LIFT?

Also any news on proposed acquisition of 66 F-16C/D? Has it been confirmed as cancelled?

And if they were acquired, would they have replaced F-5 or Mirage 2000 with which ROCAF has had issues?

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27 December 2012:
Two S-2T.
ROCN.

Flew from Tao Yuan AB, to Hua Lian AB.
About 9:30 AM, the first S-2T took off at Tao Yuan AB.
About 10:15 AM, landed at Hua Lian AB.

In early 2007, ROCN naval aviation command moved forth to Tao Yuan AB.
Now, because Tao Yuan AP is re-developing as Tao Yuan Aerotropolis, ROCN naval aviation command moved back to Hua Lian AB.

Hua Lian AB was already joint ROCAF-ROCN AB, and still has S-2T hangars.
In the future, when S-2T retires, and replaced by ROCAF P-3C, hangars might be replaced.

http://tw.news.yahoo.com/5%E5%B9%B4%E5%89%8D%E7%A7%BB%E9%98%B2%E6%A1%83%E5%9C%92-2t%E5%8F%8D%E6%BD%9B%E6%A9%9F%E8%BF%94%E8%8A%B1-%E8%88%AA%E7%A9%BA%E8%BF%B7%E5%94%8F%E5%99%93-203213538.html

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http://udn.com/NEWS/DOMESTIC/DOM2/7829344.shtml

News article dated 14 April 2013.

Military cemetery at Shu Lin District, New Tai Pei City, 238‎, Taiwan; currently has: M24 tank, Nike-Hercules SAM, two M116 75 mm guns, anchor from ROCS Lu Shan, propeller from ROCS Zhong Shan, and TF-104.

Apparently ROC MND agrees to add, by year end: two F-5E, one ROCAF 40 mm gun, anchor from a ROCN transport ship, and maybe Sea Gull missile boat and/or M48H tank.

Google Maps:

https://plus.google.com/113271725326526101306/about?gl=hk&hl=en