The second tour to Japan and Okinawa started on Saturday 1 December 2018 with a gathering of a small group of 5 enthusiasts at Schiphol. One participant had to cancel at the last moment unfortunately and the last one would join the group in Taipei. China Airlines provided an Airbus A350 for our ride to Taipei.
Arrival at Taipei was on Sunday 2 December, very early. Clearing immigration took some time, but eventually we ended cashing some Taiwanese Dollars for the days to come. Our final participants had arrived from Paris as well and we were picked up by a representative of the rental car company. After inspecting our van we headed off! First target was a preserved F-5E. The whole country has numerous wrecks & relics and whenever we were close to one (or two, or more) we tried to visit them. We visited a couple more before ending up at Songshan airport. We spent a couple of hours there, both at the café and in the approach and enjoyed the Government 737 take-off and two visiting C-130s among a lot of civil traffic and loads of people watching and taking photos. A quick closer view of Taipei 101 followed and a couple of wrecks & relics before we eventually ended up in Hualien for the night. Time to get some sleep!