The Republic of China Air Force’s (ROCAF’s) 499th Tactical Fighter Wing has unveiled four Mirage 2000s (serials 2003, 2017, 2020 and 2055) with identical special liveries to commemorate 20 years of service for the type.
A ceremony was held at the wing’s home base at Hsinchu on June 2. This was attended by Defence Minister Feng Shih-kua and General of Air Command Shen Yi-Ming. The latter was part of the first batch of pilots trained on the Mirage 2000. Also present were ROCAF senior officers and past and present Mirage 2000 flight crews.
The paint scheme features a stylised dragon on the tail as well as P-47D, F-86, F-100 and F-104 designs on the underside of the aircraft – all types that the 499 TFW has operated during its 64 years of history.
Taiwan acquired 60 Mirage 2000-5Ei/-5Di aircraft in 1993, and the first examples were delivered in 1997. Fifty-six surviving airframes are in service with the 41st, 42nd and 48th Tactical Fighter Squadrons. Peter Ho