The photo above shows a Republic of China Air Force F-16 “escorting” a People’s Liberation Army Air Force Hong-6 bomber while the latter was conducting a flight circling the island of Taiwan some time last week.
The pilot who took the picture was a student of mine. When he was in the school, he was always dreaming of becoming a fighter pilot flying F-16. He entered the Air Force Academy’s special training program to make his dream come true soon after he graduated from our university. After a series of challenging training, he had the pilot’s wing pinned on his chest. I was so proud of him when he told me that he was later assigned to fly our topnotch first-line combat aircraft.
He told me that it was rather difficult to steer his plane and focus the camera at the same time. He and his wingmen were worried that such picture might upset their superiors. However, people in Taiwan got quite excited when the Ministry of Defense decided to release their shot to the press.
I thank him and all the men and women serving in our armed forces for protecting this island and our way of life. And I do hope that our leader could be smart enough to prevent any conflicts from occurring with the other side.