499th Tactical Fighter Wing
(2nd Tactical Fighter Wing)
The 499th Tactical Fighter Wing is located at Hsinchu Air Base and is the first and only wing in the ROCAF to have the Mirage 2000-5 aircraft. The unit is comprised of one fighter group and three squadrons, the 41st, 42nd, and 48th.
The 499th is also referred to in some publications, most notably Jane's Sentinel as the 2nd Tactical Fighter Wing.
In August 2000 the ROC government announded that a wing centered around the Mirage 2000-5 jet fighters would form in April 2001. On May 20, 2001 the 499th Tactical Fighter Wing was "commissioned" as a Mirage 2000-5 fighter wing.
Between 1997 and 1999 the 499th Wing of the ROC Air Force established the 41st, 42nd, and 43rd squadrons, each assigned 20 Mirage aircraft. However, the loss of two Mirages during training - the first in a crash off the cost of Hsinchu on 25 October, 1999, the second in an accident near Hualien on 14 December, 1999 - have reduced the fleet to 58 planes.
On November 14, 2002 a Mirage 2000-5 aircraft from the 499th Tactical Fighter Wing was damaged following an accident. The crew were uninjured but the aircraft sustained damage to the front portion of the aircraft.
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