Source: Fifth Air Force in the Taiwan Straits Crisis of 1958
Source: Air Operations in the Taiwan Crisis of 1958
The following images of the 83rd FIS F-104 in Taoyuan are courtesy of Time Inc. and Google. Click on each image to access the full-size version on Google.
The F-104 were enhanced by the GAR-8 Sidewinder missiles, which were fired in anger for the first time during the crisis by ROCAF F-86. Note the codename “Jonah Able” painted on the cart carrying the missiles.
Five of the twelve F-104 deployed can be seen in this photo. Serial numbers of the twelve aircraft are: 56-0791, 56-0795, 56-0817, 56-0823, 56-0828, 56-0837, 56-0838, 56-0842, 56-0844, 56-0849, 56-0850 and 56-0860.
One of the two F-104 in front of the hangar in the above picture had not had its tail fitted yet.
Most of the LIFE photos released were centered around 56-0791 “Vociferous Viking”.
56-0791 taxied past several ROCAF F-86. This was very likely the first flight of these F-104 since they had been transported to Taoyuan in the C-124.
56-0791 lends scale to the giant C-124.
The only other F-104 with readable serial number in the released LIFE photos was 56-0828. Years later, it joined the ROCAF service.
Anybody knows what they were doing?