Taiwan’s air force is giving a hangar at Taipei Songshan Airport to the Civil Aeronautics Administration for use as the Asian country’s first business aviation zone. The hangar is “on loan” until the legal proceedings to make the deal permanent are completed. The new business aviation zone is expected to be up and running next month.
The fourth Boeing Dreamlifter–the final airplane in the fleet of 747-400s specially modified to carry large sections of composite parts for the 787–entered service today, the manufacturer announced this afternoon. Dreamlifters transport the structures from partners around the world to Everett, Wash., for final assembly.
Mainland China is increasing the pressure on Taiwan’s air defenses. Modernized with more than 250 J-11 fighters (Russian or license-built Sukhoi Su-27/30) and 50 Chinese-designed J-10 interceptors, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is flying combat air patrols up to the middle of the Taiwan Straits. This has been the unofficial dividing line between China and Taiwan for more than 50 years.