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Former head of ROC Air Force Chen Hsing-ling dies

2017/02/09 23:09

Chen Hsing-ling (陳燊齡, front left) Photo courtesy of Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) Chen Hsing-ling (陳燊齡), commander in chief of the Republic of China (ROC) Air Force from 1986-1989, died in Taipei on Thursday. He was 92.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) offered her sincere condolences at Chen's passing, according to the Presidential Office.

Chen, born in Beijing in 1924 and dedicated himself to learning to be a pilot during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), a goal he achieved in 1945.

Chen took part in battles between the ROC military and the Chinese Communist Party's People's Liberation Army in Northeast, North and East China during the Chinese civil war from 1946-1949.

He was also among the first pilots sent to receive training flying F-84 jet fighters in the United States in 1950s.

Chen, a first-class general of the ROC Air Force, served as chief of general staff of the ROC Armed Forces from 1989-1991.

His lifelong contribution to the state represents the highest level of dedication to which all service persons should aspire, said the Presidential Office.

(By Lu Hsin-hui, Sophia Yeh and Kuo Chung-han)Enditem/AW