The 3rd stop on Vice President Hubert Humphrey's whirl-wind tour of the Far East is Taipei -- capital city of the Republic of China -- where he will be spending a bit more than 7 hours today.
The 3rd stop on Vice President Hubert Humphrey's whirl-wind tour of the Far East is Taipei -- capital city of the Republic of China -- where he will be spending a bit more than 7 hours today. Humphrey will confer with President Chiang Kai-shek, one of America's staunchest allies in the Orient.
American assistance has helped make Nationalist China's air force the best trained and the most experienced native air force in Asia. And just recently the United States insured continued superiority by turning over an undisclosed number of our latest super-sonic F-5-A jets. The planes have been nicknamed the "Freedom Fighters," and they are proving their air-worthiness every day in the skies over Vietnam.
At an airbase in Taiwan, or Formosa as we call it, U.S. General Dwight Johnson -- who is chief of the military assistance and advisory group -- said: "Without exception, official visitors from the States have been impressed by the courage and skill of the free Chinese pilots." After accepting a symbolic model of the Freedom Fighter, General Hsu Huan-sheng (SHE WHAN SON) -- commander-in-chief of the Chinese air force, inspected one of the planes.
The multi-purpose jets can be used as a high speed interceptor... fly lower and slower to support ground troops... fly long-range reconnaissance... and use short, make-shift runways. The versatile Freedom Fighter can carry 6,000 pounds of bombs and fire 1,500 rounds a minute.
General Johnson said the strengthening of the Nationalist Chinese air force will give our common enemies further cause to fear the free world's arsenal of power.