Wed, Aug 08, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Air Force delays open house and fly-by

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Air Force yesterday announced it would delay its planned open house activity and fly-by at its Songshan Command Headquarters from Aug. 11 to Aug. 19 because of disturbances caused by Tropical Storm Pabuk.

"The entire activity will be rescheduled to Aug. 19 at the same place and at the same time," said Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖), spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense. "We had to reschedule the activity, but our promise will be kept."

Yu made the remarks during a conversation with reporters yesterday morning at the ministry. He reminded people that the activity will begin at 8:30am and end at 4pm. In addition, he said visitors should take public transportation because there may not be enough parking space.

In addition to the upcoming open house and fly-by at the headquarters, the Army's Airborne Division assigned 10 of its senior paratroopers, including one female paratrooper, to practice at the headquarters yesterday morning, in preparation for its mission to land in front of the Presidential Office on National Day.

The headquarters shares the same airport facilities as Songshan Airport. To avoid disturbing domestic flights, yesterday's practice began at 5am.

Minister of National Defense Lee Tien-yu (李天羽) was at the scene to witness the practice.

Staff Sergeant Cheng Yu-shan (鄭有珊) said that they jumped out of the helicopter from a height of 4,000m.

It took approximately seven minutes for each of them to land in the target area, which was established in front of the minister and his fellow officers.

"We simply repeated what we have been practicing. No big deal," Cheng said.

Lee seemed satisfied with what he saw. The 10 senior paratroopers lined up to salute the minister after they landed.

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