Taiwan military readies aerial show for presidential inauguration

The aerial display rehearsal for Taiwan’s presidential inauguration showcased military precision despite weather challenges. Over 40 foreign delegations, including U.S. representatives, will attend President-elect Lai Ching-te’s ceremony on May 20, emphasizing Taiwan’s diplomatic significance.

In anticipation of the forthcoming presidential inauguration in Taiwan, the military conducted a meticulously orchestrated aerial display on Monday, May 13. Despite adverse weather conditions curtailing the full-scale rehearsal, the demonstration showcased the precision and prowess of the armed forces.

According to CNA reports, only two helicopters and three fighter jets managed to execute their planned routes amid the inclement weather. From Taipei Songshan Command, one Chinook and one Black Hawk helicopter gracefully took to the skies, while three F-16Vs soared from Chiayi Air Force Base. Their synchronized flights culminated in majestic passes over the Presidential Office

Come May 20, as the inauguration ceremony unfolds, a formidable fleet of 52 aircraft is poised to grace the Taipei skyline, paying homage to the incoming commander-in-chief. The Army’s deployment will include a diverse array of helicopters such as Chinook, Black Hawk, Apache, and Super Cobra, while the Navy will introduce the S-70C anti-submarine helicopter for its inaugural appearance. Additionally, the Air Force’s Thunder Tigers Aerobatics Team is slated to captivate audiences with their aerial manoeuvres.

Preparations for the inauguration commenced with meticulous planning over a month ago. Welcoming over 40 esteemed overseas delegations and an anticipated 400 foreign dignitaries, the ceremony underscores Taiwan’s diplomatic outreach and global engagement.

Among the distinguished guests confirmed to attend are Palau President Surangel Whipps, Jr., Tuvalu Prime Minister Feleti Teo, and prominent U.S. representatives, including Andy Barr, co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and Mike McCaul, leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.