RF-101C in ROCAF ServicePosted on May 3rd, 2006 28 comments
Quite a few years ago, a USAF veteran, Roy Colding, told me that his unit, the 45th TRS, had loaned four RF-101C to ROCAF. Unfortunately, I lost the original message. Today I asked him to tell the story again:
The four RF-101C’s were from the 45th TRS at Misawa, Japan and this was in the summer of 1962.On the way down to Taiwan we stopped at Kadena AB, Okinawa and painted out all USAF markings and added ROC markings.The base in Taiwan was CCK if I remember correctly [Note by Wei-Bin: should be Taoyuan] Our pilots were disapointed when they were told that they could not fly over the mainland. The few RF-101A models that were on the flight line were in pretty bad shape and that was the reason we were down there to help out by “loaning” our aircraft to the ROC.
There was a U-2 just down the flight line from us.
I was assigned approximately 125 Camera Repairman and one interpreter, a warrant officer with a duck tail haircut and taps on his shoes, thats him on the upper left hand of the picture I sent. My first job was to explain how to torque the nose of the aircraft when it had been opened.I demonstrated the use of the torque wrench and how to set it at 80psi and not to overtorque it. The warrant officer said they understood. We left them and started down the flight line. About 50 yards away I looked back and saw them using the torque wrench to “chin” them selves(grab the wrench and pull themselves up until their feet came off of the ground). This had been the way they had been doing it ever since they had the RF-101A’s and had not a case of a nose coming loose.
I would assume that the reason there is no paper trail showing we were there was the classification at the time, along with the U-2.
During his tour at Taoyuan, Roy had a picture taken with members from ROCAF’s Photo Technical Squadron. Do you know anybody in this photo?
Roy is second from left in the front row. (Courtesy of Roy Colding)
Roy (left) working on RF-101C’s cameras. (Courtesy of Roy Colding)
The famous Polka Dots RF-101C of the 45th TRS. (Courtesy of Roy Colding)
The serial number seems to be 60048, which belongs to an RF-101C. (Courtesy of Roy Colding)
Since there is no official declassified documents showing that ROCAF had operated RF-101C, I would appreciate if anybody could provide photos or other information.
台灣現在所看到的資料都只說明 Operation Boom Town 接收使用RF-101A，然後RF-104G接替RF-101A，
提供一張照片，蔣介石視察美軍RF-101C之情形，時間不詳，依機身之塗裝條紋判別，可能是432nd TRG所屬的20th TRS，不過這架RF-101C可能只是純粹去台灣參加聯合演習。
這架國軍塗裝的RF-101C是在喬治亞州Warner Robins的The Museum of Aviation，應該是館方知道RF-101在台海的戰史，特意將一架RF-101C塗成張育保的座機。該博物館還將一架P2V-7塗成RB-69A，實際上現在沒有任何RB-69A存在。
5654 54-1499 桃園基地
5658 54-1506 軍史館(原先也漆成5660)
5660 54-1505 中正航科館
We are restoring the nose section of RF-101A, serial number 54-1503, at the Hill Aerospace Museum. This aircraft entered Air Force service in 1957 and served with both the 363 and 432 Tactical Reconnaissance Wings before being transferred to the Nationalist Chinese Air Force in 1959 under Project “Boom Town.” It was recovered from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in the fall of 2005–nothing more of its history is known.
Our plans are to carefully document all of the markings found on the aircraft and carefully restore it while preserving as much originality as possible. We will then repaint one side to 1503’s 1959 Taiwanese markings and paint the other side in its final, camo paint scheme.
We are looking for any information or photos of this aircraft at any point in its career. According to our research, 1503 was reserialed 5652 in Taiwan.
Restoration is being carried out within our Lindquist-Stewart Fighter Gallery as time permits. Our museum is open to the public seven days a week, 9:00 to 4:30. Admission is free. Please stop by!
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I just call Gen. Tsai Ron-ban, author of 悶葫蘆裡的春秋. He says he only knows one guy from Roy’s photo. The far right one at front row is 楊正剛,the Chief Photo Mechanic of 4th Sqn. 6th Group. Hope this helps.
I don’t have much info to add, but I do know that 2 RF-101A models showed up on our ramp (15th TRS) at Kadena sometime in late 1965. They both had ROC markings and were in very poor condition. We were told that they were on loan to ROCAF and were being returned under an assitance program where we replaced them with C models. They most likely were replaced by the 2 RF-101C 1965 MAP aircraft you mention. Sorry I have no pictures or more information on them as I went TDY to Udorn 2 days later. I do have pictures of deployments to Saigon (Able Mabel) and Udorn (Green Python).
I was attached to the 4th TRS at Taoyuan AB for flying from 1962 to 1964. The 4th had four or six A models when I arrived and received, on loan, 6 C models during my tour. During that time the A models were returned to the depot at Hill because of skin corrosion and when reskinned returned to Taoyuan. I believe at one time there were at least 10 RF-101’s with Nationalist Chinese markings sitting on the ramp. I also flew the RF-84F and was unfortuneate to have crashed the T-33 once. I’ve looked through my photos but the only one I can find is one of the Wing Commander, Gen. Lee, pinning on my Chinese pilot wings. Perhaps this may be of some use to you.
I am quite certain that 5652 (54 -1403) was piloted and crash-landed by Major Li (the same pilot who landed his RF-86F 002 /52-4657 or 24657 in Hong Kong in 1956)on 23 July 1961.
One will find that between 5660 (54 – 1405) and the 5662, there should be 5661. This number was probably given to a Fairchild C-123B Provider of 34th Squadron. In one of the DIIC magazine, a photo showing a large painting on the wall of the 34th Squadron headquarter showing the aforementioned aircraft. The aircraft 5661 had natural metal finish and not in camouflage.
My name is Jim Standke. I am the person setting to the right of Colding. Stan Mau is the person setting to the left of Colding.
We we TDY from Misawa AB, Japan in June(?) 1962 to assist the Chinese by training and and general assistance. Some of our aircraft were there repainted with chinese markings.
We left about 60+ days later about the same time a typhoon went through with most of the aircraft, equipment and personal leaving ahead of it. I was one of the last Americans to leave.
We loaded the remaining equipment in a C-124 and returned to Misawa AB, Japan.
I am doing a book on the 101 and don’t have much on these aircraft thus far. I do however have a question on aircraft #54-1505, which is thought to be the aircraft on display at the Museum #5660. I have an accident report on this aircraft for 10/22/68 showing it was crashed off shore S. Carolina by 2nd Lt. Bailey when attached to the 4414th CCTS. He got out fine, but that aircraft was lost. So I am wondering what aircraft is actually is at the museum????? And does anyone have more information on the shot down aircraft and one crashed landed?
My grandpa worked on these and I have a lot of information if you need any
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