Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tainan Air Base loaded with Aircraft in 1958

Jim Nelson's assignment at Tainan Air Base in 1958 afforded him the opportunity to photograph many of the aircraft flown by the ROCAF out of Tainan and US military aircraft visiting the base.

C-119 number 937, or should we refer to her as Miss Betty? I like the old aircraft markings. The individual art gave life to each aircraft, where so many men spent so much time during war periods. The caricatures allowed the crew to make their aircraft something personal.

I like this picture of C-119 tail 33143. She looks strong and proud sitting here. I wonder what strength she provided to the ROCAF during her long life time of service?
This is an unusual picture. Here sit at least 5 ROCAF F-80's. Their canopy's are off, yet there is not one soul in site. Wonder where the pilots are....
More ROCAF C-119's stand ready for their next hauling mission.It looks like these F-86 aircraft were in for maintenance at Tainan. They could have been rotation birds from Okinawa, Japan or even Korea.
Not sure about these C-119's. They could belong to the USAF or maybe the ROCAF awaiting refurbishing and ROCAF markings.


Below: A squadron of US Marine F-86's and a US Navy PV2-5F sub-hunter aircraft sit on the tarmac at Tainan AB in 1958.


11 comments:

Jerry said...

Wasn't the nearest aircraft in the photo a Navy P2V rather than a modified B24?
Jerry Moyers
Huntsville, Alabama

Taipei Air Station said...

I've corrected the post. Thanks Jerry for calling that to my attention. I've included at link to the same aircraft with a photograph of it in flight. 谢谢

Baldur said...

The fighters are FJ-4 Furys, the definitive naval version of the Sabre, and the unit is VMFA-451 which was stationed at Ping Tung in 1958/59. See vikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMFA-451

Baldur said...

The five fighters are Republic F-84 Thunderjets, probably E models. It is disputable from the photo if the canopies are not just invisible in the contrasty light.

Les D. said...

Actually those FJ-4s are the Air Force equivalent, F-86Ds. See:

www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=362

Les D

TaiwanAirPower said...

The F-84s are the G model.

Anonymous said...

The C-119 in USAF marking was obviously not tranfering to ROCAF, for it was a early model(note the tail) not G model which ROCAF used to operate. Arthur

monk said...

I was born in 1954 in rural Tainan, a native Taiwanese, my dad served as a signal man at Quemoy island during 1958 Quemoy shelling, two months later, he left the Army safely. He is 80 years old right now, and I got childhood memories in my mind still .....
One day, he brought me to Tainan, I had seen military aircraft took off from Tainan air base constantly. I asked him, why a smaller airplane so loud, and the big one more quiet, my dad told me nothing.
I finally know that the louders was F-86, and the quieters was C-119. Now I'm going to my 60s, and still appreciated what you had done for us mor than 50 years ago.

Casper Jacob said...

I was a young Airman stationed at Tainan from 1962-1963, It perhaps was my best assignment in my short Air Force Career. I loved every moment spent at Tainan except for the occasional hurricane that visited totally unannounced. My best friends in Taiwan were local residents that were employees of the U.S. Government, the worked for me in the Packing and Crating section of Air Force Supply.Two were from the Mainland, the other a local Taiwanese.I found out early on, customs then were entirely different than they are today insofar as dating, dating a local girl was totally frowned upon. I got over it! haha I really do have fond memories of Tainan and the Country Of Taiwan. I loved the people, their culture and their incredible work ethic. It definitely is on my bucket list of places, i would love to re-visit before my passing.
Jake Jacob USAF 1960-1964

bigredlancer said...

That P2V-5F of VP-4 has it's usually rectangular windows in the after station covered/blocked out? Has MAD boom but no ASW antennae... Hmmm...

iamshazzam said...

Just found this page. I was there with the 802nd Engineers 1957-1959 when we built most of this base.