Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
Air Asia, a company based in Tainan in southern Taiwan which has provided maintenance,
repair and overhaul services to military and civilian aircraft of the United States and its regional partners since the Cold War proved that it is still functional when two F/A-18C jets from the VMFA-323 of the US Marine Corps made an emergency landing at an air base near the city on April 1, reports our sister paper Want Daily.
The company, not to be confused with the airline with the same Chinese and English name, was created from Civil Air Transport, a civilian airline established in mainland China by Claire Lee Chennault, the leader of the legendary Flying Tigers in World War II. After the retreat of the Kuomintang government to Taiwan, the CIA purchased the airline and used it in various covert operations targeting Communist regimes in the Far East. It was then expanded into Pacific Corporation in the 1950s. [FULL STORY]