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Fighter jets soar over Presidental Palace in rehearsal for Taiwan's National Day

Total of 29 aircraft participate in scaled-back rehearsal ahead of National Day

C-130s fly over Taipei. 

C-130s fly over Taipei.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The military and the Ministry of the Interior’s Air Service Corps conducted a scaled-back rehearsal on Tuesday (Sept. 28) in preparation for the National Day celebrations.

The roar of fighter jets could be heard over Taipei from 6 to 7:50 a.m. The military explained to the public that a total of 29 fast and slow aircraft passed over the Presidential Office and that there was no reason to be concerned, CNA reported.

The rehearsal involved one Chinook helicopter, three Apaches, two Super Cobras, two Black Hawks, two Seahawks, and one Dauphin as well as two Beechcraft 1900s, two C-130s, three Indigenous Defense Fighters, three Mirage 2000s, three F-16Vs, three AT-3 trainers from the Air Force’s Thunder Tiger aerobatic team, and two weather observation aircraft, per CNA.

The next rehearsals will be on Sept. 30th, Oct. 5, and Oct. 7, which will involve all 47 of the selected aircraft.

Updated : 2021-10-23 19:48 GMT+08:00