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Restored military aircraft unveiled in central Taiwan

Restored military aircraft unveiled in central Taiwan

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) A decommissioned jet fighter that helped safeguard Taiwan against China decades ago was unveiled Monday in central Taiwan following a months-long effort to restore the aircraft. The F-100 Super Sabre fighter was donated by the Ministry of National Defense to be displayed on the campus of National Taiwan University in Taipei in 1987. But last November, the fighter was returned to the ministry to repair damage to the old aircraft caused by long-term exposure to the sun and rain. The F-100 played an important part in safeguarding Taiwan's security, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said at the unveiling ceremony of the restored aircraft at the Chenggong Ling military training base in Taichung. The fighter has been dubbed the "Tai Da" (the abbreviation for National Taiwan University in Mandarin Chinese). "The name was given to remember the 20-plus years it spent on the university's campus," Kao said. An 11-member task force was set up to undertake the difficult mission of restoring the plane, said You Zhi-huang, commander of the 1st Air Logistics Area Command. "The aircraft had serious corrosion in the surface," You told the media after the ceremony, adding that the Air Force spent more than NT$100,000 (US$3,429) on materials to repair it. "Members of the task force were pleased (with the result), even though it was hard work," You said. University officials decided in 2009 to return the F-100 fighter to the ministry to make room for new on-campus construction, against the wishes of students, who wanted it to remain on campus. The transfer was finally made last year. Kao said it took him a while to decide where to relocate the fighter, before choosing the military park inside the training base. The Chenggong Ling base is where many National Taiwan University graduates receive military training, said Kao, who saw the venue as having a connection between the F-100 and the university's students. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-02-27 00:12 GMT+08:00