Following the collapse of the Kuomintang
(Nationalist) government in China, and its subsequent
Taiwan, the Republic of China changed their registration letters from
XT- to B-. In those
the Chinese Communist airline (CAAC) used a number only.
Somewhere around the early
1970s both Chinas
decided to use the "B-" prefix, since both insist they are the "true"
holds true, even today. Now, when I lived in the Republic of
China (Taiwan) in the 1970s,
supposedly there was absolutely no communication between the two
entities. In fact, it was cons-
idered treasonous to do so.
And yet, even though both sides used the "B" prefix, no
Clearly somebody was talking to somebody! As
an example: B-2022 was an
Il-62 of CAAC (the
Chinese Communist national airline of that era) whilst B-2023 was a
of Far East Air
Transport headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan!
Anyway, B-844 seen above, had just
re-registered when this shot was taken, and the old XT- prefix had been
so hastily overpainted
that the "X"
still shows. This C-46D-20-CU had originally been
registered XT-818. It was with-
drawn from use