Yemen was divided in two countries: the Arab Republic (Northern part, backed by Royalist forces) and Peple's Democratic Republic (Southern part, backed by socialists). These two were amalgamated to the Republic of
Yemen on 22-05-90. But in-country clashes country led in 1994 to an attempted secession by the Southern part
which was put down by loyalist troops. Continous fighting between the various opponents continue till today,
rendering the Air Force non-existant.
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A classified agreement was reached with USA to hire ca 80 pilots and ground
crews from the Republic of China (Taiwan) as nobody was in a position to fly
or maintain the aircrafs; Saudi Arabia paid also for the costs. Nine inspectors
were sent in March 1979 to assess situation; the contract started in April 1979,
renovable each year, foreseen end in 1985. The contingent was under command
of the Saudi Arabian Assistance Mission. Initial foreseen staying for personnell
was one year; which was declared as retirees without support from the govern- ment. Chinese pilots possibly saw air-combat and kills against South Yemenese aircrafts, it is said piloted by Soviets, during a flare-up of fightings in 1979. It seems that an lower priced offer from South Korea was rejected.
The only known Yemeni/Chinese pilot's photo in 1979.