Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Taipei Air Station - What's Left Today?

The Fuji Film logo, green and red signs above, is the approximate area of old Fox Studio seen below.

I spoke with the shop keeper at the Fuji store, she was young and had no knowledge of the old days. I went next door to a jewelry shop and the owner was not familiar with Fox Studio, but he locked up the store and took me to a dentist a few doors north who seemed to remember the old Taipei AS. He told me, "it has all changed." I left it at that, gave him a copy of the Fox Studio photo and went on my way.

This photo courtesy of Rick Ferch - TAS 1964-1965

Looking south on Roosevelt Road, standing in front of Fox Studio.

Fox Studio was where many of us had ID photographs taken for our Identification Cards and Badges. As I remember, getting my photo taken at Fox Studio was the first thing I did in the morning after I arrived at Taipei AS and began in-processing at our personnel office.

I spent a couple of days at National Taiwan University, NTU, this week looking around and taking video and still photos.

In the next few blog posts, I will guide you through the old area, to show you what remains of our presence that once was Taipei Air Station.

The old Taipei Air Station I once knew is gone, nothing remains.

But, our history still has roots in the few buildings still standing of the re-build that took place in the 1970s.

I begin our video look today on Roosevelt Road. I rode the MRT and came up to street level on the right hand side of Roosevelt Road and begin walking south, toward the Circle on Roosevelt Road.

I talk about the road going under the circle on Roosevelt Road, I believe that the only vehicles that can use the underground tunnel are buses, as I noticed a double star painted on the street along with Chinese characters.

Lets begin our walk here on Roosevelt Road.

Continue to the Circle on Roosevelt Road

and then

Move on from Roosevelt Road to the area of the old Barracks and Mess Hall at Taipei AS now a huge parking lot.

Three videos for you to review. I apologize for the sound quality, I took these films with my Canon Power Shot SD700 IS camera.

I suggest you crank up your audio to full blast so you can hear my commentary, it makes viewing more interesting.

Of course, I need your thoughts on what I have incorrectly said and what information I may have left out.

Please leave your remarks below.

If you have ideas for more videos from Taipei, let me know , either by email to or leave a remark below in the comments.

On my next Blog Post, we will look at the area from a 10th story window. Then we'll take a look inside the NCO Club and the Headquarters building.

Tsi Gen.....

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