Penghu / Chimei Airfield
23°31'05" N 119°35'04" E
As of the late 1990s, the longest runway on Chimei Island was reportedly 6,726 feet long.
Penghu [The Pescadores] consists of 64 islands of different sizes located in the Taiwan Straits, roughly midway between Taiwan and mainland China. A coastline over 300 kilometers and gigantic basalt rock formation form the unique geographical scenery of Penghu. Fishing is the major source of income in the Pescadores. The Penghu archipelago consists of many islands, and at low tides there are as many as one hundred islands located. At the easternmost tip lies the Women Island; the westernmost tip Flower Island; the southernmost tip Chimei island; and the northernmost Muto Island. The land area totals 126.86 square kilometers. The Makung Island is the largest island in the archipelago, followed by Hsiyu, Baisha, Wanan and Chimei.
Chimei Island, the southernmost island of Penghu, used to be called the Big Island. The Nanfu Port is the most prosperous place in Chimei, and the Nanfu Lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse of Penghu. Remote offshore islands, such as Chimei, receive government subsidies from the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) for air fares.
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- ROC COMPLETES MISSILE DEPLOYMENT ON OUTLYING ISLANDS Central News Agency [Taiwan] 11 August 1999 -- Naval authorities are planning to deploy locally built Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles in Penghu which will be able to reach the southeastern mainland port city of Xiamen.
- Army opens five missile bases to media China News [Taiwan] 27 August 1999 -- The five Sky Bow missile bases in Taiwan are located in Penghu, Taichung, Sanchih, a northern coastal township, and Kaohsiung, which has two.
- ROC ARMY UNVEILS SKY BOW MISSILE BASE IN KAOHSIUNG China News [Taiwan] 26 August 1999 -- The Republic of China Army unveiled its Sky Bow surface-to-air missile base in Linyuan in the southern Taiwan county of Kaohsiung County. The five Sky Bow missile bases in Taiwan are located in Sanchih, a northern Taiwan coastal township; Penghu, an offshore island county off southwestern Taiwan coast; Taichung in central Taiwan; and two bases in the southern Taiwan county of Kaohsiung. Sky Bow missiles have been deployed in Tungyin, a small islet of the Matsu island group. All of the six Sky Bow missile bases are equipped with highly advanced phased array radar systems.
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