National Geographic : 1955 Apr
579 Alfred Van Sprang, Black Star + Nationalist Pilots, Flying American Jets, Defend Formosa Skies The United States transfers planes and ships to National ist China under the Mutual Security Act of 1954. Faster, more maneuverable F-86 Sa brejets arrived in Formosa this year to supplement these F-84 Thunderjets. Schoolboys Hoist + a New "Mayor" Excitement ran high when pupils in a Taipei school re cently held an American-style election. Intensive campaign ing preceded secret balloting; the vote was tallied on a class room blackboard. Eight-year-old Liu Da chung won the office of school mayor. Here joyful support ers parade him triumphantly about the halls. In an accept ance speech the youth thanked his backers and promised to fulfill campaign promises. "I might even study a bit harder," he said. Houbolt, U. S. I. A.