"What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery.
The flight of the buzzard and similar sailors is a convincing demonstration of the value of skill and the partial needlessness of motors.
It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill." (Wilbur Wright 1867-1912)
This is a special series of which to pay tribute to the courage, adventure and wisdom
ROCAF 34 - the Black Bat Squadron series.
The 34th Squadron was the name of a corps of CIA reconnaissance plane pilots and crew based in Taiwan during the Cold War.
Its nickname “Black Bats” because it flew most of its missions near dusk or at night.
specialized in aerial reconnaissance missions, and their exploits have become legend.
The squadron's unit insignia features a bat flying above the Big Dipper. The stars, separated into groups of three and four,
represent the 34th Squadron, while the bat wings overlapping the red circle on the logo symbolize penetrating the Bamboo Curtain.
They flew missions over mainland China, or the People's Republic of China (PRC),
to drop agents and gathered military signal intelligences around military sites.
The 34th Squadron was formed in 1953 and flew its last operational mission in 1967.
Overall, from 1953 to 1967, 34th Squadron flew 838 missions, 148 Black Bat personnel were killed, the greatest sacrifice made by any of the ROC Air Force's special units.
The Black Bat Squadron provided vital information for the U.S. and ROC in a time of great cross-strait tension.
Having sacrificed so much, squadron members' names are indelibly etched in the book of history.