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Nanchang CJ-6, a Chinese military trainer designed in 1958, aircraft perform in air shows around the West Coast. The pilots are former fighter pilots.

CJ-6 design features and specifications

The CJ-6 is a two-seat basic trainer and light attack aircraft. It carries a semi-monocoque design. Its airframe is made of aluminum alloys. It was designed by upgrading its predecessor CJ-5 trainer. The upgrades included incorporation of retractable tricycle type landing gear, with main gear retracting inward into mid fuselage and nose wheel folding back into the fuselage.

The fully glass cockpit of the CJ-6 is enclosed with a bubble shaped canopy. It can carry two crew members, including a student pilot and instructor pilot. It is also fitted with multifunctional display, radio communication and navigation equipment, distance measuring equipment, rate of climb indicator and air data computer.

The CJ-6 is powered by a single Zhouzhou HS6A radial piston engine rated at 213kW of output power. The HS6A is a nine-cylinder, air cooled piston engine designed and built by Zhuzhou Aero-Engine Factory in June 1958.

The CJ-6 can fly at a maximum speed of 300km/h. The range is 700km and the service ceiling is 6,250m. The take-off and landing distances of the aircraft are 280m and 350m respectively. The maximum endurance is 3.6 hours.