Flight Of The Dragon

A Taiwanese U-2 Pilot's Long Journey To Freedom

Linda Rios Bromley

Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
25 photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911096481
Pages : 100
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


When Chang-di 'Robin' Yeh departed on his scheduled recon flight on 1 November 1963, his life was full of promise. In an instant, the experienced pilot transitioned from a free man to a prisoner held on spy charges by mainland China. Promised early on he would be returned to Taiwan, the weeks and months passed without change. Denounced by the government of Taiwan, Yeh became a man without a country. The son of a retired nationalist army general and educated in private schools, Yeh was forced to do the most menial jobs while in captivity: cleaning after farm animals, pulling weeds by hand, overhauling trucks and tallying workers’ farm productions. Interrogations continued with the hope Yeh would break; the guards and interrogators were surprised at his unwavering position. Day after day, the examiners continued the questions about his flight, his aircraft, his squadron and even his family. They could not understand why he would not know all the intricacies of his aircraft and flight. After all, his was a new and special aircraft. Global changes between East and West provided slightly improved living conditions for prisoners. When the Chinese learned by accident that Yeh spoke English, they hatched a plan to use his language ability to their benefit while offering a better job using his skills. When Yeh’s usefulness was exhausted, the Chinese offered him a chance to leave, but not without strings. After almost 20 years captive in China, the Taiwanese refused to allow him to return. Where could he go? Who could he turn to for help? Did his family know he was alive? Arranging his exit from China was another hurdle to clear. Using his ROCAF contacts from years past, 'Robin' found assistance where he did not expect it...

About The Author

Linda Rios Bromley retired from federal civil service after 33 years' employment in such locations as Laughlin AFB, Texas; Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina; USAF Headquarters, Europe; Wiesbaden, Germany; NASA; and the Internal Revenue Service, Houston, Texas. She co-authored with Brigadier General Gerald E. McIlmoyle (Ret) Remembering the Dragon Lady, Memoirs of the Men Who Experienced the Legend of the U-2 Spy Plane. As a result of that book, she was invited to write a similar book for another USAF organization... Together with Jim Bard and Frank Hayes, Linda co-authored We Served With Honor, Memories of the Men Who Served the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors, Laughlin Heritage Foundation Museum in Del Rio, Texas and is currently a member of Cypress Ink Blots Writers’ Group in Cypress, Texas.


"Fascinating account of Yeh's life and times as a political prisoner in mainland China during the 1960s."

- Books Monthly

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