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ROCAF 2nd Wing Ė Hsinshu Air Base

History and development of the 2nd Wing

This Wing was established in Hsinshu Air Base on January 8, 1953 and assigned the code of the 2nd Wing
with the 8th Light Bomber Group flying Consolidated B-24 Liberator and PB4Y Privateer and the 20th Air Transport Group flying Curtiss C-46 Commando under its command.
The 4th Squadron, equipped with the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber, was assigned to the 8th Group on April 16, 1953. On July 1st of the same year, the 11th Tactical Bomber Group, equipped with the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, was assigned to this wing.
The P-47 was replaced by the North American F-86F Sabre jet fighter from August 1, 1955, the procurement being completed on August 30, 1956.
This wing performed combat duties and has shot down nine and damaged three MIG-17's in the air space of Wenzhou Bay on September 24, 1958. The brand new AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile was used for the first time in this air battle that stunned the whole world.
The 8th light bomber group was reorganized as the 8th Composite Wing on October 1, 1957, but was ordered to dissolve on August 1, 1958.
This wing was reorganized into the 2nd Tactical Fighter Wing on June 16, 1960. The 11th Tactical Bomber Group was reorganized as the 11th Tactical Fighter Group and used the North American F-86D Sabre Dog all-weather interceptor, the North American F-100A Super Sabre and the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter successively.
Taiwan ordered 60 Dassault Mirage 2000-5 in 1992, 48 Mirage 2000-5Ei' single-seaters and 12 Mirage 2000-5Di's two-seaters, together with the beyond visual range version of the MICA missile and Matra Magic 2 short-range heat-seeking missiles.
The first Dassault Mirage 2000-5 Fighter was received in May 1997. The 41st Squadron was formed in December 1997 to operate this fighter. In November 1998, the 60th and final Dassault Mirage was accepted with the formation ceremony of the 42nd Squadron. By May 10, 2001, the Dassault Mirage was officially procured by the ROCAF. In supporting the "streamlining" for organizational adjustment, the 11th Group was dissolved on November 11, 2004 with the formation of the 41st and the 42nd Tactical Squadron, and the 48th Maintenance and Training Company.
The Taoyuan Command was dissolved on June 2005, and was replaced by the Taoyuan AFB Logistics Company on July 1 under the command of this wing. All the military personnel carried on the glorious heritage of the Air Force and unveiled a new page of the history of ROCAF.

The 2nd Wing today :
Three squadrons, two Tactical Fighter Groups and a Training Group, are part of today's 2nd Wing :
41st TFG, 42nd TFG and 48th TG.
All three squadrons are equipped with the Dassault Mirage 2000-5Ei/Di.

A pair of Mirage 2000-5Eiís at the last chance area next to the QRA shelters
Mirage 2000-5Eiís 2005 and 2008 coming back from a training mission
On final Formation landing
Mirage 2000-5Ei 2044 Close up
Mirage 2000-5Di 2054
Close up on the cockpit area Another point of view
AIDC F-CK-1D 1606 Practice diversion
 The 60th and last Taiwanese Mirage 2000-5
(Courtesy ROCAF via web)
And the very first one
(Courtesy ROCAF via web)
 Mirage 2000-5Ei 2027 Close up
Patchwork Belly ! Mirage 2000-5Di 2059 on final
Note the fifty shades of grey
Mirage 2000-5Ei 2010
(Courtesy ROCAF via web)
Mirage 2000-5Di 2056 with F-CK-1B 1610
(Courtesy ROCAF via web)
 Mirage 2000-5Ei top side And bottom...
 Clean configuration Special tail for 20 years of Mirage service with the RoCAF
Mirage 2000-5Di 2056 Also the special tail 20 years for the two seat
 At the break Nose landing gear details
 Mirage 2000-5Ei 2010
 Followed by 2030 Close up
 Profile view On final
 Close up on the nose section Mirage 2000-5Ei 2007
Mirage 2000-5Ei 2005 with an ACMI pod
 Note the typical french helmet Mirage 2000-5Ei 2044
Heavily weathered Mirage 2000-5Di 2059
Sunlight reflection Mirage 2000-5Ei 2027
 Mirage 2000-5Di cockpit section Mirage 2000-5Di 2060
Another pair is coming back Slats and airbrakes out
 Mirage 2000-5Ei 2001 on final Golden light
 Mirage 2000-5Ei 2008 in late afternoon light

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