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On February 9, 1973, the ROC government and the US government reached an agreement for the co-production of 100 F-5E. This program was given the codename "Hu An" (Peace Tiger) and was to be undertaken jointly by Northrop and Taiwan's AIDC (then a branch of the ROCAF).

The first AIDC-built F-5E was rolled out on October 30, 1974, one day before the late President Chiang Kai Shek's 88th birthday, and was thus christened "Chung Chen", an alias of President Chiang. Production of all 100 aircraft was completed in November 1977.

Later 208 more aircraft were added to the production run in five batches, from "Peace Tiger 2" through "Peace Tiger 6". Complexity of the production work by AIDC also evolved in several phases. The whole "Peace Tiger" program was completed on December 9, 1986, when the final aircraft was rolled of the production line. In total, the ROCAF received 242 F-5E and 66 F-5F. Breakdown of the numbers of aircraft built in each Peace Tiger batch is as follows:

F-5E F-5F Subtotal
Peace Tiger 1 100 0 100
Peace Tiger 2 47 0 47
Peace Tiger 3 20 3 23
Peace Tiger 4 15 15 30
Peace Tiger 5 30 18 48
Peace Tiger 6 30 30 60

Among these batches, Peace Tiger 6 stands out because it is only batch approved after the Carter administration of the US established formal relationships with China in 1979. The succeeding Reagan administration denied Taiwan's request to prochase the more advanced F-16 and F-20 in early 1982, for fear of angering China. To make matters worse, the US signed the 817 Communique with China on August 17, 1982, pledging to reduce arms sales to Taiwan gradually. But in an effort to assure Taiwan's security, the Reagan administration notified the Congress of the proposed sale of 60 F-5E/F to Taiwan two days later. The US$240-million sale was made of the lincense production of 30 F-5E and 30 F-5F and was later materialed as Peace Tiger 6.

The F-5E/F license-building program gave AIDC invaluable experience in aircraft manufacturing techniquesand broadened its technology base. It also helped AIDC build up a good relationship with Northrop, which later proved very beneficial for the AT-3 program. AIDC had developed a modern chemical milling facility that could handle aluminum skin panels up to 2 by 4 ft and magnesium panels of smaller sizes. Another advanced manufacturing capability developed by AIDC as a result was the fabrication of bonded honeycomb elements. The fuselage dorsal cover for the F-5E, which consists of nine bonded honeycomb panels, and the honeycomb aileron and flap panels were added to the fabrication work under Phase 5.

Service History

443rd Tactical Fighter Wing
To prepare for the arrival of the F-5Es, ROCAF established a task force named "Sung Shan" at Tainan AB on December 1, 1974, in charge of the conversion training. On September 10, 1976, the 443rd TFW, consisting of the 1st, 3rd, and 9th TFS, at Tainan AB became the first F-5E wing when the 48th F-5E was delivered to the wing.

The ROCAF aerobatic demonstration team, the Thunder Tiger, then a task force of the 1st TFG under the 443rd TFW, also converted to the F-5E. The team continued to fly the Tiger II until June 1988, when the Air Force Academy took over the responsibility for flying demonstration with the AT-3.

The 443rd TFW began to trade its F-5E/F for the F-CK-1A/B in 1996 and became the second wing to operate the Ching Kuo Indigenous Defensive Fighter.

401st Tactical Composite Wing
The second ROCAF wing to receive the F-5E was the 401st TCW which used to be based at Taoyuan; it converted to F-5Es on January 27, 1978. At that time, the 401st TCW had three F-5E squadrons, the 17th, 26th, and 27th TFS, in addition to the 12th TRS, then operating the R/F-104G. These Stargazers/Starfighters were completely replaced by seven RF-5E in 1998. A handful of regular F-5E were also assigned to the 12th TRS for proficiency flying.

The 401st TCW, including the 12th TRS, was relocated to Hualien on July 1, 1998, and traded its F-5E/F with the new F-16A/B. However, the RF-5E of the 12th TRS stayed at Taoyuan and were transferred to the newly established 4th TRS there on the same day.

455th Tactical Fighter Wing
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The 455th TFW at Chiayi, then consisting of the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd TFS, was the third ROCAF wing to convert the F-5E/F. The conversion process began on February 20, 1978, and was completed on September 16 of the same year. It surrendered its F-5E/F when the ROCAF started to take delivery of the F-16A/B and became the first F-16 wing when the first batch of F-16 arrived at Chiayi in April 1997. In total, the 455th TFW accumulated 23,025 sorties and 114,489.35 hours on the F-5E/F.

737th Tactical FIghter Wing
The 737th TFW at Taitung converted to F-5Es in 1982, then controling the 44th, 45th, and 46th TFS under the subordinate 7th TFG. On January 1, 1984, the 46th TFS became an independent squadron directly reporting the 737th TFW. It took up the responsibility as the aggressor unit, simulating tactics used by the PLAAF. Their F-5E/F are painted either in tropical camouflage or in bare-metal, resembling PLAAF tactical aircraft. The buzz number is painted in red and moved from the mid section of the fuselage to the nose section, while the stenciled "Chung Chen" are moved to where the buzz number used to be.

On July 1, 1988, with the installation of the new ACMI system, the ROCAF established the Tactical Training and Development Center (TTDC) at Taitung and the 46th TFS became its sole subordinate unit.

828th Tactical FIghter Wing (not current)
The last wing to receive F-5Es, the 828th TFW, started the conversion on July 1, 1986, although some F-5A/Bs of this wing kept flying until mid-1990s. The wing stood down in 1992 and the East Command, which was established July 1, 1991, took over the 8th TFG and its subordinate squadrons.

In 1994, the ROCAF leased 40 ex-USAF T-38A to cover the shortage of the F-5E/F and to retain pilot proficiency prior to the introduction of the F-16A/B. These T-38A were assigned to the 14th and 15th TFS and were commissioned on May 24, 1995. All T-38A, minus one attrition, were returned to the US in 1998.

On July 1, 1998, the 8th TFG was transferred to the newly established Taoyuan AB Command.

Taoyuan Air Base Command (not current)
On July 1, 1998, the 8th TFG was relocated to Taoyuan, falling under the control of the newly established Taoyuan AB Command. The 15th and 16th TFS re-gained the F-5E/F, while the 14th TFS was relocated to Chiayi and became the 14th FG (OCU) to train F-16 pilots. Taoyuan AB Command also gained the newly established 4th TRS, which flies the RF-5E.

Seven years after its establishment, Taoyuan AB Command stood down on July 1, 2005, when ROCAF underwent another wave of reorganization. All of its F-5E/F were transferred to the 737th TFW at Taitung, while the 401st TCW at Hualien took over the RF-5E.

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 F-5E

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Tail No. Serial No. Remark
5101 74-0958
5102 74-0959
5103 74-0960
5104 74-0961
5105 74-0962
5106 74-0963
5107 74-0964
5108 74-0965
5109 74-0966 Preserved (Tse Ming High School, Taichung County)
5110 74-0967 w/o
5111 74-0968
5112 74-0969
5113 74-0970
5114 74-0971
5115 74-0972
5116 74-0973
5117 74-0974
5118 74-0975 w/o 11/02/81
5119 74-0976
5120 74-0977 Defected to China & crashed 02/11/89
5121 74-0978 Preserved in Madou
5122 74-0979
5123 74-0980 Preserved (Chung Hwa Vocational School, Hualien)
5124 74-0981
5125 74-0982 Preserved (Ba Gua Shan Park, Changhwa County)
5126 74-0983
5127 74-0984
5128 74-0985 Preserved (Military Historical Park, Nanhwa Dam)
5129 74-0986 w/o 04/14/82
5130 74-0987
5131 74-0988
5132 74-0989
5133 74-0990
5134 74-0991
5135 74-0992 w/o 05/24/91
5136 74-0993
5137 74-0994 Preserved (Yun Da Technical College, Pingtung County)
5138 74-0995 Preserved (Er Lun Military History Park, Yunlin County)
5139 74-0996
5140 74-0997 Preserved (Shihu, Changhwa County)
5141 75-0314
5142 75-0315
5143 75-0316
5144 75-0317
5145 75-0318 Preserved (Chung Hwa Technical College, Chutung)
5146 Saints Military Military Military Jersey Saints Jersey Military Saints Jersey 75-0319
5147 75-0320
5148 75-0321
5149 75-0322 Preserved (Chung Shan Vocational School, Kaohsiung)
5150 75-0323
5151 75-0324
5152 75-0325 w/o 05/28/92
5153 75-0326
5154 75-0327
5155 75-0328
5156 75-0329
5157 75-0330 Preseved (Tainan AFB)
5158 75-0331
5159 75-0332
5160 75-0333
5161 75-0334
5162 75-0335
5163 75-0336
5164 75-0337
5165 75-0338
5166 75-0339
5167 75-0340
5168 75-0341
5169 75-0342
5170 75-0343
5171 75-0344 As instruction airframe (Air Force Aeronautical & Technical School)
5172 75-0345
5173 75-0346
5174 75-0347
5175 75-0348
5176 75-0349
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5178 75-0351
5179 75-0352
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5181 75-0354
5182 75-0355 Preserved (Mei Shan Park, Chiayi County)
5183 75-0356
5184 75-0357
5185 75-0358 Preserved (Hualien AFB)
5186 75-0359
5187 75-0360
5188 75-0361
5189 75-0362
5190 75-0363
5191 75-0364 w/o 05/28/91
5192 75-0365
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5194 75-0367
5195 75-0368 Preserved (Taoyuan AFB)
5196 75-0369
5197 75-0370
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5199 75-0372
5200 75-0373
5201 76-0471
5202 76-0472
5203 76-0473
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5205 76-0475
5206 76-0476
5207 76-0477
5208 76-0478
5209 76-0479
5210 76-0480
5211 76-0481
5212 76-0482
5213 76-0483 w/o 08/07/78
5214 76-0484
5215 76-0485 Preserved (Fang Shu Vocational School, Chungli)
5216 76-0486
5217 76-0487
5218 76-0488
5219 76-0489
5220 76-0490 Preserverd (Shuili, Nantou County)
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Tail No. Serial No. Remark
5222 76-1617
5223 Saints Military Military Military Jersey Saints Jersey Military Saints Jersey 76-1618 Preserved (Taitung AFB)
5224 76-1619
5225 76-1620
5226 76-1621
5227 76-1622 w/o 05/09/89
5228 76-1623 w/o 09/30/97
5229 76-1624 Preserved (Chuchi Park, Chiayi County)
5230 76-1625 Preserved (Lungtan Sports Park)
5231 76-1626
5232 76-1627
5233 76-1628
5234 76-1629
5235 76-1630
5236 76-1631
5237 76-1632
5238 76-1633
5239 76-1634 w/o 12/20/95
5240 76-1635
5241 76-1636 Preserved (Chiayi AFB)
5242 76-1637
5243 76-1638
5244 76-1639
5245 77-0328
5246 77-0329
Saints Military Military Military Jersey Saints Jersey Military Saints Jersey 5247 77-0330
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5249 77-0332
5250 77-0333
5251 77-0334 Preserved (Chin Ho Community Park, Chiayi County)
5252 77-0335
5253 78-0028
5254 78-0029
5255 78-0030 w/o 07/26/91
5256 78-0031
5257 78-0032
5258 78-0033
5259 78-0034
5260 78-0035
5261 78-0036
5262 78-0037
5263 78-0865
5264 78-0866
5265 78-0867
5266 78-0868
5267 78-0869
5268 78-0870
5269 78-0871
5270 78-0872
5271 78-0873
5272 78-0874
5273 78-0875
5274 79-1717
5275 79-1718
5276 79-1719
5277 79-1720
5278 80-0299
5279 80-0300
5280 80-0301
5281 80-0302
5282 80-0303
5283 80-0304 Preserved (823 Memorial Park, Taichung)
5284 80-0305
5285 80-0306
5286 80-0307
5287 80-0308
5288 80-0309
5289 80-0310
5290 80-0311
5291 80-0312
5292 80-0313
5293 80-0314
5294 80-0315
5295 80-0316
5296 80-0317
5297 80-0318
5298 80-0319
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5302 81-0009
5303 81-0010
5304 81-0011
5305 81-0012
5306 81-0013
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5309 81-0016
5310 81-0017
5311 81-0018
5312 81-0019
5313 83-0083
5314 83-0084
5315 83-0085 Converted into RF-5E 5501
5316 83-0086 Converted into RF-5E 5502
5317 83-0087 Converted into RF-5E 5503
5318 83-0088 Converted into RF-5E 5504
5319 83-0089
5320 83-0090
5321 83-0091 Converted into RF-5E 5505
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5327 83-0097
5328 83-0098
5329 83-0099
5330 83-0100
5331 83-0101
5332 83-0102
5333 83-0103
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5335 83-0105
5336 83-0106
5337 83-0107
5338 83-0108
5339 83-0109
5340 83-0110
5341 83-0111
5342 83-0112

 F-5F

Tail No. Serial No. Remark
5351 76-1640 w/o 06/02/96
5352 76-1641
5353 76-1642
5354 77-0336 w/o 05/xx/89
5355 77-0337
5356 77-0338
5357 77-0339
5358 77-0340
5359 77-0341
5360 77-0342
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5363 77-0345
5364 77-0346
5365 77-0347
5366 77-0348 w/o 09/25/81
5367 77-0349
5368 77-0350
5369 78-0876
5370 78-0877
5371 78-0878 w/o (instrument panel & seat at ITRI)
5372 78-0879
5373 78-0880
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5375 78-0882 w/o 11/22/82
5376 78-0883
5377 78-0884
5378 79-1721
5379 79-1722 w/o 01/27/05
5380 79-1723
5381 79-1724 w/o 06/17/06
5382 79-1725
5383 79-1726

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Tail No. Serial No. Remark
5384 80-0296
5385 80-0297
5386 80-0298
5387 83-0113
5388 83-0114 w/o 09/30/97
5389 83-0115
5390 83-0116 w/o 01/26/89
5391 83-0117
5392 83-0118
5393 83-0119
5394 83-0120 w/o 12/03/98
5395 83-0121
5396 83-0122
5397 83-0123
5398 83-0124 w/o 04/13/04
5399 83-0125
5400 83-0126
5401 83-0127
5402 83-0128
5403 83-0129
5404 83-0130
5405 83-0131
5406 83-0132
5407 83-0133
5408 83-0134
5409 83-0135
5410 83-0136
5411 83-0137
5412 83-0138
5413 83-0139
5414 83-0140
5415 83-0141 w/o 07/15/89
5416 83-0142

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