and development of the 737th Wing
new unit was established in Taitung in 1970 as "Troop Training
Center" using Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star and North American
F-86F Sabre aircraft.
Designated 737th Tactical Fighter Wing it was composed by the 44th,
45th and 46th Fighter Squadrons.
The Wing took over advanced training duties from the 828th Wing and
transitioned to the Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter in July 1977.
Replacement of these first generation aircraft started with the
arrival of the first Northrop F-5E Tiger II in January 1981, the F-5F
arriving in November 1981.
The 46th Fighter Squadron was renamed 46th Tactical Fighter Squadron
on January 1, 1984 and received training duties becoming a
By 1991, the 44th Squadron took care of the conversion on the Northrop
fighter of young pilots coming from the Air Academy having flown the
Lockheed T-33A until the end of the 1980's, and later the AIDC AT-3
trainers, while the 45th Squadron acted as an Operational Conversion
Unit teaching basic fighter maneuvers, weapon delivery, interception,
air defence, air-to-air gunnery on a TDU-10/B towed target, instrument
flying, tactical formation, surface attack tactics and night
The Wing, in addition to its training role, participated to the
defence of the East coast of Taiwan and the safety of maritime traffic
with combat patrols over the Pacific Ocean.
Nowadays, it is the only remaining Northrop F-5E/F Wing. Its squadrons
have not been upgraded to Group status, as they have mainly a training
The 46th Tactical Fighter Squadron is part of the Tactical Training
and Development Center, established in 1976 as "Tactical Training
Center", in order to improve the effectiveness of air combat
training. In 1980, the Squadron was equipped with Northrop F-5A/B
converting to the Northrop F-5E/F in 1984.
On July 1, 1988 an ACMI Section was established within the Center with
an Air Combat Maneuvring Range over the sea, similar to the one
situated in Decimomannu, Italy.
Every year, aircraft from all Tactical Fighter Wings gather in Taitung
for Dissimilar Combat Training.
The 46th Tactical Fighter Squadron is still flying Northrop F-5/F
simulating tactics used by mainland pilots, learned through various
channels, amongst which PLAAF defectors.
Its aircraft used to wear green/brown camouflage or metallic paint,
their tactical code being painted in red on the nose section, in order
to resemble PLAAF tactical aircraft.
An quick-reaction element is kept for local defence.