1280px-Roundel_of_the_Republic_of_China.svg

Taiwan Air Force

AIDC AT-3

1280px-Roundel_of_the_Republic_of_China.svg

The AIDC AT-3 Tzu Chung is an advanced jet trainer operated by the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF).

A total of sixty-two aircraft were manufactured by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation of Taiwan in collaboration with American aircraft manufacturer Northrop between 1984 and 1990.
Two A-3 single-seat attack version were also built.

The aircraft operates both as an advanced trainer and for weapons training, and all AT-3 in service with ROCAF are now painted in the Thunder Tiger’s Blue, White and Red colors.

The AT-3 went through a mid-life update from 2001 to 2006, which will allow the aircraft to operate beyond 2016.

The first AT-3A operator is the Flight Training Command in ROCAF Academy.
In 1988 the Thunder Tiger demonstration team replaced its F-5E aircraft with AT-3s.
On 9 September 1989 the 35th Combat Squadron (Night Attack) replaced its Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainers with AT-3s painted in SE Asia jungle colors.
The AT-3s delivered to the 35th Combat Squadron (Night Attack) were equipped with semi-recessed twin 12.7 mm machine guns in the bomb bay.

The 35th Squadron later relocated to ROCAF Academy for logistic reasons, and later stood down in 1999 with its aircraft transferred to the Flight Training Command.

The AIDC AT-3 Tzu Chung is an advanced jet trainer operated by the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF).

A total of sixty-two aircraft were manufactured by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation of Taiwan in collaboration with American aircraft manufacturer Northrop between 1984 and 1990.
Two A-3 single-seat attack version were also built.

The aircraft operates both as an advanced trainer and for weapons training, and all AT-3 in service with ROCAF are now painted in the Thunder Tiger’s Blue, White and Red colors.

The AT-3 went through a mid-life update from 2001 to 2006, which will allow the aircraft to operate beyond 2016.

Source & more info: wikipedia.org

Last update: 17 July 2020