Taitung air base to hold open day July 14

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Taitung Air Force Base (Image taken from Wikimedia Commons)

Taitung Air Force Base (Image taken from Wikimedia Commons)

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Taitung Air Force Base will hold an open day event later this month to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Republic of China Air Force, the defense ministry said Monday.

The event, to be held 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., will also mark the 81st anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, military spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said at a news briefing.

The incident was seen as the beginning of Japan's full invasion of the Republic of China in 1937, which led to the eight-year Sino-Japanese War.

Meanwhile, Aug. 14 was designated as Air Force Day in memory of a battle with Imperial Japanese warplanes over Jianqiao air base in China's Hangzhou City on Aug. 14, 1937.

The highlight of the July 14 open day in Taitung, eastern Taiwan, will be an air show, featuring fly-bys of ROC Air Force planes, including foreign made F-16, Mirage 2000 and F-5F fighters and C-130 transport aircraft, well as the locally made Indigenous Defense Fighter.

The Air Force's Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team (雷虎小組) will also perform at the event, with its AT-3 jet trainers carrying out aerial stunts.

On the ground, different types of aircraft, ranging from fighters to transport planes, will be on display.

In a press release, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said dancing and singing performances will also be staged on the open day at the base.

Before being allowed to enter the base, visitors will be required to show their identification to prove they are ROC citizens, the MND said.

Foreign national caregivers accompanying senior citizens should present their passports and alien resident certificates, the ministry said.

Foreign nationals who are married to ROC citizens will also be required to show ID and must be accompanied by their spouse, the MND said.

Other foreign nationals wishing to attend the event will need to apply in advance for permission to do so, the MND said, adding that Chinese nationals and residents of Hong Kong and Macau will not be allowed on the base.

The use of camera-equipped drones will be prohibited on the base on the open day for national security reasons, the MND said.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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