A Martin B-26 Marauder (above image courtesy of wp.scn.ru)has made its way to Taiwan, where the twin engine aircraft once flew reconnaissancemissions over China. A media repot said the aircraft is part of an exchange deal between Taiwan’smilitary and Portland’s Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum.
According to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) website, the type was formerly used by its Black Cat squadron to snoop on China from1958 until 1974, when the unit was disbanded. Over this period Taiwanese B-26s completed 838 missions, but lost 15 aircraft.
These missions occurred at night at low level. Hairy stuff,if you asked me.
The B-26 arrived in three containers and will be restored to’Black Cat’ colours and be on display at a military museum in the port city of Kaohsiung. In return for the B-26 the Portlandmuseum will receive two former ROCAF F-5s.