Air Force

April 12, 2012

Desert Rats

Credit: Mark Wagner

The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak-18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version of the Yak-18. However, advancements in pilot training brought a need for a new aircraft with improved performance and a tricycle landing gear. When the Soviet Union developed the Yak-18A, PLAAF engineers decided that its performance and design would not suit China’s needs. A few important Chinese aircraft designers were involved in design task of CJ-6, Lin Jiahua (Nanchang 320 Aircraft Factory designer, previously involved in CJ5’s design project), Xu Xunshou (key member of J-7/J-8 fighter jet design team in 1970s) and Zhiqian Huang (Chief designer of J-8 fighter jet).

During late 1957, aeronautical engineers Cheng Bushi and Lin Jiahua began work in Shenyang on a trainer design that addressed the shortcomings of the Yak-18A. The design they delivered featured an aluminum semi-monocoque fuselage, flush-riveted throughout, and introduced a modified Clark airfoil wing design with pronounced dihedral in the outer sections. Wind tunnel testing validated the design, and in May 1958 the program was transferred to the Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing factory where Chief Engineer Goa Zhenning initiated production of the CJ-6. The first flight of the CJ-6 was completed on Aug. 27, 1958 by Lu Maofan and He Yinxi.

Power for the prototype was provided by a Czech-built horizontally-opposed piston engine, but flight testing revealed the need for more power, so a locally manufactured version of the Soviet AI-14P 260 hp radial, the Housai HS-6, was substituted along with a matching propeller, and with that change the CJ-6 was approved for mass production. In 1965 the HS-6 engine was upgraded to 285 hp. and re-designated the HS-6A, and the aircraft equipped with the new power plant were designated the CJ-6A.

Specifications (CJ-6A)

Data from Jane’s Aircraft Recognition Guide

General characteristics

Crew: Two (student & instructor)

Length: 8.46 m (27 ft 9 in)

Wingspan: 10.22 m (33 ft 6 in)

Height: 3.3 m (10 ft 8 in)

Empty weight: 1,095 kg (2,414 lb)

Max. takeoff weight: 1,400 kg (3,086 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Zhouzhou (SMPMC) HS6A (different variants uses different types) radial engine, 213 kW (285 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 300 km/h (160 kts, 185 mph) diving speed 370 km/h (200 kt)

Range: 700 km (372 nm, 425 mi)

Service ceiling: >6,250+ m (20,500+ ft)

Armament

2 x 7.62mm machine guns

Weapons stations and hardpoints under the wings

Bombs

Rocket launchers




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_pict1

354th Bulldogs improve in-flight sight

A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs began flying with a new helmet mounted integrated targeting system. The Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System provides pilots with the ability to rapidly cue se...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lynsie Nichols)

Your estimated wait time is…

Did you call the Enterprise Service Desk yesterday, but you’re still on hold today? The Communications Squadron will be uploading the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk application to computers base wide. 1st Lt. Brooke Leigh, ...
 
 
AFAS_pict

AFAS steps up with education programs

Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force a career. The costs associated with getting an education are on the rise, but the Air Force Aid Society can help take s...
 

 
Generation_pict

New generation of officer training

January 2015 marks the beginning of a new era for Air Force officer training as candidates from all three service components, active duty, the Reserves and the Guard, will begin training side by side. The Air Force began transi...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jordan Castelan)

AF delivers Iraqi F-16s for training in US

TUCSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Ariz. (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For security reasons, the Iraqi air force pilot is not fully identified) For more than 65 years the Air Force has embraced the concept of flexibility being th...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)

The voice of the Enlisted Force

She is the voice of the 65,000 Airmen assigned to 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). A typical day in her life consists of managing organization email boxes, coordinating lodging and travel, examining enlisted performance re...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin