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CJ-6 08 seen at Kucova in May 2006.
(photo, Chris Lofting)

Nanchang CJ-6 * Current *
Twenty CJ-6 (or 'BT-6') delivered from China in 1962. Chinese built version of the Yak-18U, also referred to as the Type T-61. Used by the Air Academy (4004 Regiment) at Vlorë for the basic training role. At least half of these aircraft were withdrawn from service in the mid 1990s and stored at Vlorë. The CJ-6A later production version was not supplied.

At least one CJ-6 was destroyed during the riots of March 1997, and many others were damaged. Four CJ-6s were restored to flying condition by the Aviation Maintenance Factory at Kucova by April 2004 for use by the Air Academy, and another five are planned to be overhauled subsequently.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
"01"     1962 Personal a/c of Albanian Chief of Staff, stored Kucova May 2006
01     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
02     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
03     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
04     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
06     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
07     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
08     1962 Kucova stored May 2006
34 193204   1962 stored Vlore by Apr 2000
35 193205   1962 stored by Apr 2000
36 193206   1962 stored by Apr 2000
37 193207   1962 Kucova stored May 2006
38 193208   1962 stored Vlore by Apr 2000
40     1962 stored by Apr 2000
41     1962 Preserved Vlore May 2006
42 ?53202   1962 stored by Apr 2000
43 ?53203   1962 stored by Apr 2000
44 ?53204   1962 stored by Apr 2000
46 ?53206   1962 stored by Apr 2000
47 732027   1962 stored by Apr 2000
48 732028   1962 stored by Apr 2000
50 732030   1962 stored by Apr 2000

References:

  1. Air International December 1992
  2. Aerospace Encyclopedia of the World's Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999)
  3. Air Forces Research March 1996
  4. Air Forces Monthly April 2004
  5. European Air Forces Directory 2007/08 (Mach III)


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