Two days after the new year, news broke in Taiwan - a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter carrying a number of top Taiwanese officials crashed in a mountainous area on the morning of Tuesday, killing eight people, including \"Chief of Staff\" Shen Yiming.
Since the acquisition of the last fighter jets in 1937, the Air Force has been without a rule-of-law fighter for decades. Nevertheless, the situation changed radically in 1992.
On 5 September 1992, the French Government formally agreed to sell Taiwan 48 single-seater Mirage 2000-5Ei and 12 double-seater Mirage 2000-5Di fighter jets, as well as a batch of attached weapons, ammunition and support equipment, for a period of lengthy underground consultations, to Taiwan.
For Taiwan's air force, the successful purchase of the Mirage is undoubtedly a huge victory, but it is also a more formidable challenge – since the outbreak of the War of Resistance, the Air Force has long been based on American-style warplanes and educational and training systems, and knows little about the armaments of the Air Force in European countries.
In order to effectively carry out the task of changing the legal system \"Mirage 2000\" fighter aircraft, the Taiwan Air Force, after careful selection, dispatched a team headed by Major General Ge Guangyue, then commander of Unit 499 of Hsinchu Base (graduated from Air Force Officer School for 50th term, served as Deputy Commander of the Air Force), headed by a team headed by Major Ge Guangyue, who formed the\" Flying Dragon Project \"team and set up an office in Paris to closely supervise and coordinate the delivery of the Mirage aircraft and the training process.
These carefully selected seed pilots, mostly former F-104 pilots, have long been accustomed to the \"Star Wars\" inherent mechanical hydraulic operating system, with little knowledge of the \"Phantom 2000\" advanced telex operating system. What is more inconvenient is that the language and cultural barriers between the two sides also add a lot of trouble to the initial theoretical study. In general, these taiwan air force pilots are mostly fluent in english, but they know almost nothing about french; the english of french instructors tends to have a strong french accent, often confusing. In addition, the study of the french army's brief but hard-to-understand \"phantom\" fighter manual also makes these accustomed to the detailed american-style manual outsiders feel overwhelmed.
To speed up their study, the taiwanese pilots had to use their spare time to organize the better members of french to help the underachievers.
Colonel shen yiming graduated first in 1979 from the air force officer academy 60, has been smooth sailing since then, in just over ten years on the basis of superior ability and knowledge, from the pilot to the captain.