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Hualien Air Base

The station is an airport for civil and military uses, with 11.5 hectares of land borrowed from the air force for commercial use. The main facilities include one S/N 9,098 foot long runway, one each taxiway on east and west, 40,248 m2 apron, capable of accommodating seven Boeing 737, 757, MD-82 and Fu-Keh 100.

Units previously stationed at Hualien have relocated to a newer airbase, Cha Shan, located about 2-5 km away. The new and older airbases are reportedly interconnected through taxiways links.

Hualien AB still has some military presence, in the form of ROCAF units equipped with old-style HAS, as well as a ROC Navy aviation station equipped with both helicopters and S-2Ts.

Hualien Airport Office was completed in May 1962. At that time, it was a remodeling of Hualien Military Airport's gravel runway with additional building of waiting area, apron as well as facilitation of various guidance, communications equipment into a Class B Airport Office. The airport operates from 07:00 to 22:00. With enchanting natural scenarios, fresh air and abundance of tourism resources, Hualien attracts considerable tourists. The rapid growth of transportation volume has rendered the existing facilities insufficient. The CAA is undertaking expansion of the station's aviation building. The new building is expected to be completed by 2004.

Hualien is also home to a minor naval port used by PCL class small patrol boats and FABGs (Fast Attack Boat, Guided).



Hualien Airbase
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Tactical Pilotage Chart of Hualien airbase and surrounding area. (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Tactical Pilotage Chart of Hualien airbase. (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Ikonos browse imagery of Hualien Airbase and surrounding area (Source: Space Imaging, 14 November 2003)

Ikonos browse imagery of Hualien Airbase. (Source: Space Imaging, 14 November 2003

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)

Declassified Corona Satellite imagery of Hualien airbase. 11 February 1969. (Source: National Archives)




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