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Open House at Lungtan Military Base

Kiowa flying really close to the ground

One thing I really miss from my childhood is the amazing parade taking place in front of the Presidential Office on the National Day of Taiwan. I’m always impressed by the lines of soldiers walking in coordinated steps, followed by tanks, cheerleading squads, and more.

Symbol of the battalion - One of the landmarks inside the base

The main boulevard inside the base

For someone who has never set foot inside a Taiwanese military base, this is an opportunity I just couldn’t miss. So there I was, waking up at 5 AM to a noisy alarm and forcing myself out of the house within 30 minutes. I met up with my friend (who was on assignment) and drove from Taipei to the base. The entire trip took a little bit more than an hour, so it wasn’t that bad.

SNG vehicles lining up in the base

A relic from the WWII days?

Closer look at the Cobra

Photographers preparing for the air show

Now, I came to the base expecting to see some demos of tanks and helicopters. I was glad when I found the events I wanted to see listed on the agenda – but only 20 minutes? And no tank show!? What the xxxx?!

There’s an array of shows by local communities, schools, and god-knows-what (how about some divine puppet-guards dancing to techno music – like the ones you see at the temple procession?). To keep visitors entertained and fed, there’s a bunch of stands offering items from snacks to military gears on the main boulevard, giving you a place to spend extra cash.

Drummers perform at the ceremony

Kids with performers dressed up as "San-Tai-Tze"

Aside from these minor distractions, the 20-minute-long performance featured some of the essentials, including the appearance of arms such as AH-1W Super Cobra and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior (though the CH-47 Chinook was in the stationary exhibition area).

Super Cobra

Another look at the AH Super Cobra as it hovers nearby

CH-47 at the stationary exhibition area

OH-58 in action

Crew on the ground showing how resupplying arms is done

landing a cargo

Visitors lining up to take a look inside the CH-47

One of the female officers

Two foreign friends cosplaying as soldiers from the Vietnam War

Young performers taking their group picture next to the relic plane

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July 13, 2010 - Posted by | Good excuse for photos, Trips

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