Military jets prepare for Double Ten celebrations

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: The Ministry of National Defense denied rumors that jets and helicopters flying over the capital were part of a Chinese invasion force

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 25, 2020
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

Three AT-3 training jets fly above Taipei yesterday in a rehearsal for Double Ten National Day celebrations.
Photo courtesy of the Military News Agency via CNA

Jets and helicopters flying over Taipei yesterday were no cause for alarm, as they were part of Double Ten National Day preparations, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said, adding that more rehearsals are set for Tuesday next week, Oct. 6 and Oct. 8.

“This morning, the alarm clock for Taipei sounded somewhat different. This was the sound of [Taiwan’s] military aircraft flying over,” Tsai wrote on Facebook in Chinese.

One UH-60M Black Hawk, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, three F-16Vs and three AT-3 training jets flew over Taipei as part of rehearsals for the Oct. 10 celebrations.

Aside from those participating in the rehearsals, all of the nation’s military units are on duty at their respective posts and performing their duties to defend Taiwan, Tsai wrote.

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