Communist officials on mainland China have admitted that at least 160,000 intellectuals have been sent to do hard labor in the countryside and the true figure -- according to one refugee who recently arrived in Hong Kong -- is much higher.
General view: long short derrick lifts damaged Russian-built Chinese Communist bomber, then pan shot
Free Chinese A.F. officers look at fuselage, then pan of fuselage
CU Communist marking and identification
Long shot: repaired bomber in hangar
2 shots pilot who defected to free China
F104 jet fighters of Chinese Air Force
3 shots: CU defector pilot, walks to F104 cockpit, climbs in
2 shots: jet fighter taking off
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Background: Communist officials on mainland China have admitted that at least 160,000 intellectuals have been sent to do hard labor in the countryside and the true figure -- according to one refugee who recently arrived in Hong Kong -- is much higher. However, a steady strema of defectors slip out from behind the bamboo curtain in sampans ... or by swimming to Macao ... and even in Communist warplanes.
This Russian-built Ilyushin-28 jet bomber was part of the Red Chinese air force until last November 11th. On that day the pilot and his 2 man crew completed a practice mission over the mainland and then, despite their intensive ideological training, and a Communist radio warning, they dashed 100 miles across the Taiwan Straits to a free Chinese air base in Taiwan. The bomber was slightly damaged as it skidded off a runway. After it was repaired, Major Li Hsien-pin (Lee Shien-bin) -- now of the Free Chinese air force -- posed in the plane which is being studied but not flown. Three other Red pilots had previously defected to free China with their panes, including two MIG fighters.
Major Li has now learned to fly the American-built F-104 Starfighter. On the mainland he left behind a wife -- assigned him by the Communist party -- and an infant son. He complained that morale in the Communist forces is low and without Russian aid the weapons system has deteriorated. Life in Taiwan was sweeter than Li had imagined, and there is a bounty of $140,000 in gold for defectors who bring a Communist bomber with them to freedom.