Shenyang FT-7

in North Korean Air Force service

History

A small number of two-seat FT-7’s were delivered between 1989 and 1991.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
         
         
         


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
  • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)

  • Shenyang F-6 Farmer

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    One-hundred F-6Cs were supplied in 1988/89. Only one F-6C has been positively identified, 529 Red. This particular F-6C was flown by Capt Lee Chol-Su from Onsan AB to Suwon AB, South Korea, on 23 May 1996. The F-6 remains in front-line service with two Air Regiments. Also see MiG-19.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19: The Soviet Union’s First Production Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Shenyang FT-5 Fresco

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    An unknown number of FT-5 two-seat conversion trainers remain in service. No information on individual aircraft is available.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17: The Soviet Union’s Jet Fighter of the Fifties (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Shenyang F-5 Fresco

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    More than 100 Chinese-built MiG-17s were received. One source claims that 380 F-5s had been delivered to North Korea by 1963. In 2007, it was reported that 107 remained in service. Three Air Regiments with three squadrons each were equipped with the type: the 35th Air Regiment at Kaech’on, an Air Regiment at Panghyon/Naamsi AB and the 4th or 11th Air Regiment at Taetan AB. Also see MiG-17.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
             
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17: The Soviet Union’s Jet Fighter of the Fifties (Yefim Gordon)

    Other Sources

    To be added.

    Shenyang F-7B

    in North Korean Air Force service

    History

    Thirty were ordered in 1988, and delivered between 1989 and 1991. Although not confirmed, small numbers of the two-seat FT-7’s were delivered as well. Also see MiG-21.

    Individual Details

    Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
    702        
    704        
    705        
    706        
    711        
    720        
    728        
             
             


    Pictures

    None available at present.

    More Information

    References

    • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
    • MiG 21 ‘Fishbed’: The World’s Most Widely Used Supersonic Fighter (Yefim Gordon & Bill Gunston)

    Other Sources

  • Mikoyan MiG-21 – Famous Russian Aircraft (Yefim Gordon, Keith Dexter, Dmitriy Komissarov)

  • Shenyang J-8 ‘Finback’

    Aircraft Profile
    Shenyang J-8-II
    (photo, credit unknown)

    Development

    The J-8 (Chinese name Jianjiji-8 (Fighter Aircraft 8 or Jian-8) was the subject of an advanced fighter programme that started in China in the late 1960s. The J-8 was the first PLAAF aircraft of domestic design. The overall configuration is a straightforward enlargement of the MiG-21/J-7 layout to accommodate two engines. Although it resembled Mikoyan’s experimental Ye-152A, contrary to some reports, it was not based on that aircraft. Production began in December 1979, with about 100 aircraft of the first configuration entering service.

    The J-8 is a delta-wing aircraft with vertical tail surfaces similar to late-production MiG-21s. It also incorporates technology gleaned from the Soviet MiG-23 variable geometry aircraft.

    Design work on the improved J-8-II began in 1980, with production beginning in the late 1980s. The J-8-II has a completely new front end with much larger radar and ventral inlets, along with other less obvious improvements. The improved aircraft was comparable in aerodynamic performance to the Soviet Su-15 “Flagon”.

    The Jian-8-IIM upgrade was developed by both China and Russia, (“M” stands for export only aircraft), this model has now become a new-generation fighter. The first flight was on 31 March 1996. This aircraft has upgraded electronic systems, it is claimed to survive damage better that the single-engined F-16A/C and the Mirage 2000. The high-altitude high-speed performance of the J-8-IIM is superior to the F-16A/C, F/A-18 and Mirage 2000; and its radar and electronic equipment are better than the F-16A and similar to the F-16C, F/A-18 and Mirage 2000-5. New WP-13B engines power the aircraft and it has greatly improved low-altitude manoeuvrability.

    Variants

    Requirement Specification: Not known
    Manufacturers Designation: Not known

    Development History:
    J-8 Finback-A Initial development version with small ranging radar in intake centrebody. Armed with single 30 mm cannon and four PL-2 missiles.
    J-8-I Finback-A All weather fighter derivative with SR-4 radar in enlarged intake centrebody, small wing fences and relocated airbrakes. Cannon replaced by 23 mm twin-barrelled 23-III cannon.
    J-8-II Finback-B Further development with large solid nose radome and MiG-23 type side intakes. Ventral strakes replaced by folding fin. 70% of the airframe changed with respect to the original J-8.
    F-8B Projected (?) export version of J-8-II with WP-13B engines, pulse-Doppler look-down radar and digital avionics, with HUD and ‘glass’ cockpit.
    J-8-IIM Revised export version with Russian rather than US avionics equipment.

    History

    Key Dates:
    1964    PLAAF requirement for fighter superior to MiG-21
    1965    J-8 project started
    July 1968    First two prototypes completed
    5 July 1969    First flight of first prototype
    1979    Official certification of J-8
    May 1980    First prototype J-8-I completed but destroyed in a fire
    September 1980    PLAAF requirement for J-8-II development
    24 April 1981    Second prototype J-8-I makes maiden flight
    May 1981    Development of J-8-II version approved
    12 June 1984    First flight of J-8-II prototype
    July 1985    Official certification of J-8-I
    5 August 1987    ‘Peace Pearl’ contract with Grumman in the USA for the supply of avionics systems upgrade kits for installation in the J-8-II
    1989    ‘Peace Pearl’ cancelled by China following US sanctions over Tiananmen Square massacre.
    31 March 1996    First flight of the J-8-IIM export variant

    Operators

    Military Operators

    China PLAAF J-8, J-8-I, J-8-II

    Government Agencies

    None

    Civilian Operators

    None

    Specifications

    Shenyang J-8-I
    As J-8-II except for the following:
    Engines: Two Liyang (LMC) Wopen 7B turbojets each rated at 9,700 lb st (43.15 kN) dry and 13,448 lb st (59.82 kN) with afterburning
    Performance: Maximum rate of climb at sea level 39,370 ft/min (12,000 m/min); Service ceiling 59,050 ft (18,000 m); Combat radius 432 nm (497 miles, 800 km)
    Shenyang J-8-II
    Crew: One pilot
    Dimensions: Length 70 ft 10 in (21.59 m) including probe; Height 17 ft 9 in (5.41 m); Wing Span 30 ft 7.875 in (9.34 m); Wing Area 454.25 sq ft (42.20 sq m)
    Engines: Two Liyang (LMC) Wopen 13A-II turbojets each rated at 9,590 lb st (42.66 kN) dry and 14,815 lb st (65.90 kN) with afterburning
    Weights: Empty Equipped 21,649 lb (9,820 kg); Normal Take-off 31,526 lb (14,300 kg); Maximum Take-off 39,242 lb (17,800 kg)
    Armament: 6 under wing hard points for fuel, bombs, rockets or missiles: 4 PL-2 or PL-7 and one 800 lt. drop tank, 2 PL-2 or PL-7 and 2 x 480 lt. drop tanks and one 800 lt. drop tank.
    Performance: Maximum level speed Mach 2.2 (1,453 mph, 2,338 kph) at 36,000 ft (10975 m); Cruising speed: 800 mph (1,300 kph); Maximum rate of climb at sea level 39,370 ft/min (12,000 m/min); Service ceiling 66,275 ft (20,200 m); Standard range 700 nm (1,300 km) at cruise speeds; Combat radius 432 nm (497 miles, 800 km); Ferry range 1,187 nm (1,367 miles, 2,200 km) with drop tanks

    Production

    Design Centre

    Head of Design Team: Not known
    Design Office: Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, Shenyang.

    Manufacture

    Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
    (PO Box 328, Shenyang, Liaoning 110034, People’s Republic of China)
    Version Quantity Assembly Location Time Period
    J-8 proto.   2 Shenyang 1965-July 1968
    J-8 prodn. few# Shenyang 1979-1980
    J-8-I proto.   2 Shenyang 1980-April 1981
    J-8-I prodn. c.90* Shenyang July 1985-198?
    J-8-II proto. 4 Shenyang May 1981-July 1984
    J-8-II prodn. ? Shenyang 1988-19??
    Total: ?    

    # Some J-8 may have been converted to J-8-I standard.
    * Total J-8/J-8-I production circa 100 a/c.

    Total Produced: ? a/c

    Production List

    To be added.

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    Books

    ‘Encyclopedia of World Military Aircraft’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]
    by David Donald & Jon Lake
    Published by Aerospace Publishing Ltd, 1996 ISBN: 1 874023 95 6
    * Includes entries for J-8-I and J-8-II.

    ‘World Air Power Journal, Volume 3’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]
    Published by Aerospace Publishing Ltd, Nov 1990 ISBN: 1 87402 30 42
    * Includes ‘air power briefing’ on the J-8.

    ‘World Air Power Journal, Volume 29’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]
    Published by Aerospace Publishing Ltd, May 1997 ISBN: 1 86184 00 39
    * Includes ‘air power briefing’ on the J-8-IIM.

    Magazines

    To be added.

    Links

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