Text & Pictures: Philippe Decock  -  © sbap 2020

1st Wing Tainan : arrivals and rehearsals

This page is dedicated to the arrivals and rehearsals for the air show scheduled in Tainan, Taiwan, on Saturday, October 19th, 2019.
As we were not aware of that event when we booked our flight from Taipei to Naha, Okinawa, we were unfortunately not able to attend this airshow as our flight was scheduled for Saturday morning.
While we were taking pictures from outside the fence in Tainan on Wednesday, October 16th, we were told by local aviation photographers that visitors would arrive in Tainan in preparation for the upcoming air show. The variety of aircraft types of these visitors was a welcome addition to an already beautiful Taiwanese trip!
Those local aviation enthusiasts also told us that the next day, Thursday, October 17th, would be a non-flying day with the ROCAF at the exception of rehearsals in preparation of the airshow. This information was confirmed by military police officers who checked us.
We were checked three times in five days while we were taking pictures. All those checks went very well.
The police officers were always extremely polite and friendly. They checked our passport, taking a picture of it, asking us why we were visiting Taiwan, where we were going, etc. They all told us that taking pictures of aircraft in the air was allowed as long as we didn't take pictures of installations inside the air bases.
The rehearsals were limited to the "Thunder Tigers" aerobatic team display, the Mirage 2000-5, the F-16A and the F-CK-1 solo displays. The " highlight " of the day was obviously the unexpected, and most probably accidental, sound barrier breaking by the F-16 pilot!
Just enjoy with us some more exotic aircraftÖ
 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk from the Rescue Squadron based at Chiayi Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor
Mirage 2000-5Di with captive Mica IR and Matra 550 missiles Special markings for 20 years of Mirage service with the ROCAF
Tiger painting for this Northrop F-5F Tiger II
F-16A with captive Aim-7Mís and AIM-9Mís (27 TFG) Close up, note the coloured  26 TFG insigna
Hualien based F-16A with high vis 26TFG markings
Lockheed P-3C Orion Close up on P-3C 3310
The P-3C from 6th T/EWW (439th CW) - 33 Squadron is based in Pingtung North
Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from Army Aviation Training Centre The AATC is based at Kueijen Air Base
A Hydra rocket pod on the starbord pylon and a XM296 machine gun pod on the port pylon
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra also from Army Aviation Training Centre Close up on the cockpit area
A pair of captive AGM114Cís and a single Hydra rocket pod on each side
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1314 On final
 Followed by C-130H 1319 And C-130H 1311 in good company
C-130H 1301 Nose section
 C-130H 1315 in a beautiful vietnam style livery. The C-130H fleet is part of the 10 TAG based at Pinting South 
 ROCAF align 2 Hercules Squadron: the 101 Sqn and 102 Sqn Profile view of the 1315
Cockpit area On final for another approach with a splendid light
Beech BH-1900C performing several approaches
"Thunder Tigers" AIDC AT-3 Close up
AT-3 30829 on final after the "Thunder Tigers" rehearsal
AIDC F-CK-1C Ching-Kuo solo display from 3rd TFW (427th TFW) Taichung/Cingcyuangang based
Sleek lines Very nice aircraft
Unusual camouflage Special tail colors
Close up On final
Mirage 2000-5Ei solo display The mirage display come from the 2nd TFW (499th TFW) Hsinshu Air Base
Main gear doors Perfect delta
Special tail colors for 20 years of Mirage operations Gear down
On final Nose section
F-16A with a special tail for the 80th anniversary of the ROCAF The F-16A display come from the 4nd TFW (455th TFW) Chiayi Air Base
Slowing down Airbrakes out for a low speed pass
Turning final About to land

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