Largest national flag flyby, military parade mark ROC's 110th birthday

10/10/2021 03:49 PM
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CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The main celebrations for the 110th anniversary of the Republic of China's founding featured the largest-ever ROC national flag flyby as two 18-meter wide and 12-meter long flags, each carried by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, were flown over the Presidential Office Building on Sunday.

The national flags used in past national day flybys measured 12 meters by 8 meters, according to the military.

In addition to the two CH-47s, another 46 military aircraft also flew past the Presidential Office on Sunday morning to celebrate the nation's birthday.

F-16V fighter jets. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
F-16V fighter jets. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

The 12 types of aircraft that took part in the aerial show included AH-64E, AH-1W, and UH-60M choppers, F-16Vs, Mirage-2000s, and IDFs, among others, according to the military.

On the ground, a military parade displaying the nation's major missile systems, including domestically made Hsiung Feng III, Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles, and Tien Kung III surface-to-air missiles, was staged in front of the Presidential Office, showcasing the military's capability to defend Taiwan.

Hsiung Feng III and Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
Hsiung Feng III and Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

The most noteworthy weapon system on display was land-based versions of the Tien Chien II Surface-to-Air missile, which were packaged in sealed container-launchers and mounted on military trucks during the parade.

The grand finale of the parade concluded with five jet trainers of the Air Force's Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team releasing plumes of colored smoke in blue, red and white, the colors of the ROC national flag.

CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2021

According to the military, this year's Double Ten national day commemoration, which featured a large-scale military parade and the largest-ever national flags, was part of an expanded celebration to mark the nation's 110th founding anniversary.

The last time such expanded celebrations were held was on Oct. 10 in 2011, the 100th anniversary of the nation's founding.

(By Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh)

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