Text & Pictures: Philippe Decock  -  sbap 2020
    
Main entrance of the museum
(AEEH vie Web)
The needed information  panel
(AEEH vie Web)
 
The Republic of China Air Force Museum (空軍軍史館) is located near the Gangshan Air Force Base at Gan Shan , Kaohsiung.
The museum building was completed on August 14th, 1987. The exhibition area of the museum spans over an area of 3 hectares, which consists of various collections of artifacts, archives, weapons, engines and airplanes.
The outdoor exhibits are situated in the camp compound across the road and sadly not open to the public. Most of the aircraft types are visible in the Aviation Hall, except for the Curtiss C-46 Commando, the Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar, The C-123K Provider and the Douglas DC-6B.
The Aviation Hall is open all year round from 8 am till 5 pm, and is run by a civil staff. You can wander around at will, with no interference at all.
During your visit you can also 'strenghten' your inner-being in air-conditioned comfort : food, drinks, snacks, souvenirs... Not so surprising, as the Museum is managed by a local business group from the food industry.
In the first building, before entering the main Hall, there are a couple of scale models and a time map underlining the significant ROCAF events, like battles and the related aircraft types.

The Hall itself has a walkway, that is a partial circumferential part of the building with some suspended aircraft and others displayed on the ground floor. Around the main hall some rooms are dedicated to specialized displays.
The first room contains old mark munitions, a bomb area and an adjacent row of missiles and systems. Of these latter, the most interesting are, without a doubt, the locally developed IR Tien Chien-1 and the radar guided Tien Chien-2. These are the indigenous equivalents of the AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow. Along with the anti-aircraft theme you can find an old towed 40mm Bofors gun. The other part of the room is dedicated to the power plants including in-line engines, radial engines and jet engines.
The next room is also very interesting, featering a Lockheed F-104G, with opened panels to reveal the inner structure of this fighter. Next to it you will find a full scale mockup of a P-40 Warhawk "Flying Tiger" cockpit.

Time now to get into the main display area were the planes are located.
The ROCAF is the Asian Air Force operating the largest variety of aircraft since its launch. In the Hall there are mainly post-war types. Aircraft from WWII and before were probably scrapped before there was even a notion of preservation.
Many USAF aircraft of the 50's and 60's were deployed by the ROCAF but sadly no more examples are currently preserved in Taiwan. RF-84F, RB-57D, F-86 were all returned to the US after they ended service in the ROCAF. Others, like the P2V/RB-69 from the Black Cat Squadron were mostly lost in operations.
Time now to walk into the past of the ROCAF. The Taiwanese Aviation Hall can be set at the top ranking of Asian aviation museum considering its location, exhibits and facilities.
    
 
 A nice collection of clothes in relation with the ROCAF
 AN-M65A1 1,000 lb General Purpose Bomb - Domestically-Built CM105 Propaganda Bomb - M117 750 lb General Purpose Bomb
AN-M64A1 500 lb General Purpose Bomb -
AN-M58A2 500 lb Semi-Armor-Piercing Bomb - MK-82 Snake-Eye Bomb
M-116A2 750 lb Napalm - GBU-10F/B Laser-Guided Bomb
 
 5-Inch High Velocity Aerial Rocket - AGM-12B Air-to-Ground Missile - AIM-9B Air-to-Air Sidewinder Missile - Sky Sword I (Tien Chien I missile)
Sky Sword II (Tien Chien II missile) - AN/GRT-3 & AN/GRC-27 Radio Transmitters - AN/ALQ-71 & AN/ALQ-72 Electronic Countermeasure Pods
Towed 40mm Bofors gun
 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-52W - Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M
Pratt & Whitnay R-1830-92 - Wright R-1300-1B - Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W
Wright R-3350-89B - Wright R-1820-82C
Lycoming T53-L-701A - General Electric J85-GE-21C - Allison J33-A-35A
General Electric J47-GE-27 - Pratt & Whitney J57-PW-21B
General Electric J85-GE-13C
General Electric J79-GE-11B - General Electric J79-GE-19 Some industrial desk models
Superbly educational this Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
 
Main Display Area 
 
Xianyi Rosamonde was the first aircraft to fly in the Republic of China
The plane is a derivative of the Curtiss Jenny and made is first flight on July 12th, 1923
Sun Yat-sen (12-11-1866 * 12/03/1925)
He was a Chinese philosopher, physician, and politician. He was the first president of the Republic of China and the first leader of the Kuomintang. He is on the picture with his wife Rosamonde and the Xianyi aircraft
 Curtiss Hawk III (1936 - 1942)
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk "Flying Tiger" (1942 - 1949)
North American P-51D Mustang (1945 - 1954) Boeing PT-17 Kaydet (1943 - 1958)
 Douglas A-26C Invader (1957 - 1960)
 North American AT-16 Texan (1946 - 1960)
Pazmany / AIDC PL-1B Chieh-shou (1968 - 1982) Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor (1985 - Active)
AIDC  T-CH-1 Chung-hsing trainer (1978 - 1985) / AIDC A-CH-1 Chung-hsing attack modification from T-CH-1 (1985 - 1998)
De Havilland U-6A Beaver (1972 - 1991)
 De Havilland U-6A Beaver (1972 - 1991) Cessna O-1G Bird Dog (1971 - 1985)
Bell OH-13H (Bell 47) (1950 - 1955) second batch (1972 - 1978)
Hughes OH-6A Cayuse (1969 - 1991)
Bell / AIDC UH-1H Iroquois (1971 - Active)
North American T-28D Trojan (1970 - 1978)
Beech AT-11 Kansan (1950 - 1958) Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe (1961 - 1981)
Douglas C-47A Skytrain (1942 - 1994)
Boeing B-720 Chung-Met (1971 - 1991)
Boeing B-720 Chung-Met (1971 - 1991)
Grumman HU-16A Albatross (1957 - 1987)
Grumman HU-16A Albatross (1957 - 1987)
Grumman S-2A Tracker (1967 - 1994)
Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker (1985 - 2015)
Republic F-84G Thunderjet (1953 - 1960)
Republic F-84G Thunderjet (1953 - 1960) North American F-86F Sabre (1954 - 1977)
North American F-86F Sabre (1954 - 1977)
Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (1953 - 1989)
Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (1953 - 1989)
North American F-100A Super Sabre (1960 - 1984)
McDonnell RF-101A Voodoo (1959 - 1973)
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter (1963 - 1998)
Lockheed F-104D Starfighter (1975 - 1988)
Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter (1965 - 1987)
Northrop T-38A Talon (1972 - 1975) rented from US (1995 - 1998)
 Northrop / AIDC F-5F Chung Cheng (1979 - Active)
AIDC XA-3 Lui-Meng (1982 - 1983)
  
People's Republic of China
(The sworn enemy)
 
 
Mikoyan Gurevitch Mig-15 Fagot was flown to Taoyuan Air Base by communist defector Chengsi Liu from Zhejiang's Luqiao Air Base (03/03/1962)
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-17/J-5 Fresco was flown to Chiang Kai-shek International Airport by communist defector Xuecheng Wang from Daishan Air Base (14-11-1983)
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-19/JR-6 Farmer 40307 was flown to Shangyi Airport by communist detector Wen-hao Jiang from Longxi Air Base (06/09/1989)
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-19/JR-6 Farmer 40208 was flown to Taitung Air Base by communist defector Liu Zhiyuan from Longxi Air Base (19/11/1987)
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-19/JR-6 Farmer 3171
was flown to Tainan Air Base by communist defector Fan Yuanye
from Fujian's Shadi Air Base (07/07/1977)
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-21F-13 Fishbed (Hungarian Air Force)
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-21F-13 Fishbed (Hungarian Air Force)
Cold War light bomber: The Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle was a jet bomber of the immediate postwar period. It was also licence-built in China as the Harbin H-5 The rear power driven turret armed with two 
Nudelman-Suranov NS-23 23mm gun with 250 rounds each
Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle 0195
was flown to Tainan Air Base by three communist defectors, Xian-bin  Li, Cai-wang Li, and Bao-sheng Lian, from Zhejiang's Jiangqiao Air Base (11/11/1965)
 
  Aircraft not visible in the museum complex
 
Curtiss C-46 Commando
(ROCAF Museum Archives via Web)
Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar
(ROCAF Museum Archives via Web)
Faichild C-123K Provider
(ROCAF Museum Archives via Web)
Douglas DC-6B
(ROCAF Museum Archives via Web)
 
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