In February 1968 the United States Air Force 4200th Air Refueling Squadron deployed to Ching Chuan Kang Air Base, bringing tankers formerly based at Takhli, Thailand. The unit joined the 314th Troop Carrier Wing [TCW], which had been based at Ching Chuan Kang since 1965. The increase in the B-52 sortie rates over Vietnam necessitated relocation of KC-135's which provided PACAF fighter support. Ten PACAF support tankers (five from Takhil and five from Kadena) and five U-Tapao based radio relay aircraft were moved to Ching Chuan Kang by February 1968, along with approximately 450 additional personnel. The KC-135s were redeployed to permit increased B-52 operations at U-Tapao and F-111 deployment at Takhli. U-Tapao and Takhli were extremely crowded and could not accommodate new deployments without reduction in number of KC-135's. The move of the KC-135's from Kadena to Ching Chuan Kang increased their effectiveness since they would be based nearer to Vietnam refueling areas. Two Yokota [Japan] based EB-57s deployed to Ching Chuan Kang AB, Taiwan, between November 29 and December 8, 1968. These aircraft provided Republic of China Air Defense pilots an opportunity to detect and intercept enemy aircraft that used electronic countermeasure (ECM) equipment. On 20 February 1972 a Lockheed HC-130 set world record [that still stands] for a great circle distance without landing with a turboprop aircraft of 8,732.09 miles, flying from Ching Chuan Kang AB to Scott AFB, IL.
|3rd (427th) TFW||Ching Chuan Kang AB|
|Test & Evaluation Sq||10|