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Aircraft Built Under License by AIDC for the Republic of China Air Force
Chung Cheng F-5E/F
The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) received its first batch of seven F-5As and two F-5Bs under the U.S. Military Assistance Program in 1965.
By 1971, the ROCAF was operating 72 F-5As and 11 F-5Bs.
During 1972, the U.S. borrowed 48 ROCAF F-5As to lend to the Republic of Vietnam Air Force before the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam.
By 1973, most of those loaned F-5As were not in flying condition, thus the U.S. opted to return 20 F-5As to Taiwan by drawing nine F-5As from U.S. reserves while repairing 11 from South Vietnam.
An additional 28 new F-5Es were issued to Taiwan by May 1975.
By 1973, Taiwan’s AIDC started local production of a first batch of 100 F-5Es, the first of six Peace Tiger production batches.
By end of 1986 when the production line closed after completing Peace Tiger 6, the AIDC had produced 242 F-5Es and 66 F-5Fs.
Taiwan was the largest operator of the type at one time, having 336 F-5E/Fs in inventory.
The last batch of AIDC F-5E/Fs featured the F-20’s shark nose.
Bell UH-1H Iroquois
The UH-1H has a two-bladed semi-rigid seesaw bonded all metal main rotor and a two-bladed rigid delta hinge bonded all metal tail rotor.
The UH-1H is powered by a single Lycoming T53-L-13B 1400 shp turboshaft engine.
The UH-1H was licensed for co-production in AIDC.
From 1970 to 1976, there were 118 UH-1H built for ROC Army.
AIDC PL-1B Cheinshou
The PL-1 was a cantilever low-wing aircraft with a fixed tricycle landing gear.
It had side-by-side seating for a crew of two and was powered by a 95hp (71kW) Continental C-90 piston engine.
AIDC built a PL-1 for evaluation and conducted its first flight on 26 October 1968.
AIDC then built 58 aircraft designated as the PL-1B (Cheinshou) for the Republic of China Air Force and fitted with a 150hp (112kW) Avco Lycoming O-320 engine.
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