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New aviation education hall to open at Air Force Academy

New aviation education hall to open at Air Force Academy

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) A new aviation education hall will open at the Air Force Academy in the southern city of Kaohsiung early next month, featuring an array of historic exhibits, the Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday.
Covering an area of 2.8 hectares, the facility will be opened Aug. 8, an open day for the Gangshan Air Base, where the academy is located, the ministry said.
The hall will include a special exhibition on the Republic of China's War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945) and the subsequent development of the ROC military in the following years, the ministry said.
A total of 16 historic aircraft in the ROC's history, since retired, will be on display, it said.
The planes will include the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk used in the eight-year fight against Japan and the S-2T anti-submarine aircraft, which played an important role in the defense of Taiwan against China in the 1990s, the ministry said.
Other aircraft to be displayed will include the F-104 fighter and the T-40 aircraft, it said. Also included at the hall are a multi-media theater and various art installations, it added.
On the Aug. 8 open day at Gangshan, the Air Force will also stage a series of performances, including various airshows, the ministry said.
One of the shows will be performed by the Air Force's Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team, it added.
This will be the first public aerobatics show given by the team since a deadly crash last October, in which Col. Chuang Pei-yuang was killed after his aircraft collided with another AT-3 trainer during a routine aerobatic training mission and crashed in a field in Zihguan District in Kaohsiung. (By Elaine Hou)