By: Tsao Yu-fan and Evelyn Kao
Los Angeles, Jan. 24 (CNA) The PL-1B Chieh-shou trainer, designed and manufactured by the Aero Industry Development Center (AIDC) under the Republic of China Air Force as the first domestically built aircraft since the ROC government moved to Taiwan in 1949, is back in service in the United States after being decommissioned in 1982.
The PL-1B Chieh-shou primary trainer was built by AIDC and completed a final flight test Oct. 26, 1968. It was named Chieh-shou, meaning “Long live Chiang Kai-shek,” to mark the 82nd birthday of the late then-President Chiang Kai-shek that year.
The Aero Industry Development Center was renamed the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC, 漢翔航空), which was established in March 1969 under the Ministry of National Defense.
The model then entered mass production the following year. As of 1982, a total of 58 of the jets had been decommissioned, five of which were bought by the United States. [FULL STORY]