Country Profile

The Country


Located in Southeast Asia, Taiwan is an island state off the coast of China. It is separated from China by the Taiwan Strait and comprises the island of Taiwan and six groups of much smaller islands: the Penghu Islands to the west of Taiwan; the Kinmen, Wuchiu and Matsu Islands just off the coast of mainland China; and the uninhabited Pratas Islands and Taiping Island in the South China Sea. To the south of Taiwan is the Philippines, and to the northeast South Korea and Japan.

The eastern two thirds of Taiwan is covered by a series of five mountain ranges running north-south down the length of the island. In contrast, the western third comprises the flat or gently rolling Chianan Plains, where most of the population live.

Taiwan has a total land area of 36,193 sq km (13,974 sq miles) and had a population of 23.32 million in 2012. The main ethnic group is Han Chinese 98%, while the remaining 2% are Taiwanese aborigines. The capital city is Taipei.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Taiwan History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Taiwan
wikipedia: Taiwan
wikipedia: History of Taiwan


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Taiwan.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Taiwan civil aircraft use the registration sequence B-00001 to B-99999 (Except B-2000 to B-9999) since 1949.

All-time Taiwan – civil aircraft register (B-nnnnn) [TO BE ADDED].
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Republic of China Air Force)
Naval Aviation (Republic of China Navy)
Army Aviation (Republic of China Army)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by the RoCAF
Coast Guard Aviation (Coast Guard Administration)
Forestry Aviation (National Forest Agency)

Public Service Aviation

Police Aviation (Taiwan National Police Agency)
Civil Defence Aviation (Taiwan National Airborne Service Corps)

Commercial Aviation

Air Taiwan

wikipedia: Airlines of Taiwan
The World’s Airlines: Taiwan

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Taiwan

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Chinese Air Force Museum
National Science and Technology Museum
Taichung Military Martyr’s Shrine
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Singapore

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.

The Power Modeling Magazine

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘The Power Modeling Magazine’ was a general interest scale modelling magazine. It covered AFVs, aircraft, figures etc with large colour photos and drawings. The first issue included a cover-mounted CD. Publication was a bit erratic: Vol.2 May 2010, Vol.3 July 2010, Vol.4 Oct 2010, Vol.5 Apr 2011. There is no evidence of further issues after Vol.5

Further information:
Power Modeling

World Aircraft

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘World Aircraft’ is a Chinese-language version of the partwork ‘World Aircraft Information Files’, originally published in the United Kingdom. The title in Chinese is ‘Shi Jie Fei Ji’.

Each issue is split into a number of sheets, which are intended to be combined into complete articles, (called files in this magazine).

Further information:
To be added.

Defense Technology Monthly

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

‘Defense Technology Monthly’ is the first private owned professional defense magazine in Taiwan. The contents include military facilities of various countries, state-of-the-art defense technology, and the latest military news locally and overseas. DTM has become the most prestigious defense periodical in Taiwan, and is widely recognized as such by readers in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, Southeast Asia and North America. Edited by Keven Cheng. 124 pages in each issue.

Further information:
Defense Technology Monthly

Defence International

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

The title in Chinese is ‘Quanqiu fangwei zazhi’. A monthly defence news magazine with a major focus on Taiwanese military affairs. Includes good military aviation coverage. About 110-114 pages in each issue. Vol.35 Issue 5 was dated May 2002. An International Edition is issued from Hong Kong in simplified Chinese.


Further information:
Defence International
Back Issues

Airway (2)

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

A world civil aviation magazine published monthly. The title in Chinese is ‘Shijie Minhang Zazhi’. It is a highly illustrated publication covering airlines and airliners around the world, with a bias towards the region around China.
Each issue is printed on high quality glossy paper, with detailed articles, and lots of large sharply-printed photographs. There is a poster page foldout in the middle of each magazine.


Further information:
Back issues