Charlie Nelson’s Nanchang CJ-6A

Charlie Nelson’s Nanchang CJ-6A

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The Nanchang CJ-6 was a Chinese version of a Soviet Yak 18. In 1957 Chinese designers Cheng Bushi and Lin Jiahua began improvements including an aluminum semi-monocoque fuselage, flush rivits, modified Clark airfoil wing with pronounced dihedral (gull wing), and an upgraded power plant with matching propeller. The CJ-6A was introduced in 1960 as the primary trainer for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and is still functional in that role. The CJ-6A makes extensive use of pneumatics (air) to control the gear and flap extension/retraction, operate the brakes and start the engine.



Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N6313N 1979
Aircraft Role Nickname
Primary military trainer Chang
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
China Nanchang Aircraft Corporation 33’6″
Overall length: Empty weight:
27’9″ 2414 lbs
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
3086 lbs 40 gal
Oil capacity Engine type:
4.5 gal Huosai HS6A 9 cyl radial with supercharger 285hp
Propeller type: Max Speed
Housai 2 blades 185mph cruise; diving speed 230mph
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
1000fpm 150mph
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
20,500′ 2
Armament Bomb Load
2 x 7.62mm machine guns bombs and rocket launchers
Number Built Number Surviving
3000 plus; still in production unknown; between 100-200 in USA



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N6313N was purchsed by Charlie Nelson in Sept.2010 in Carmel,Ca.and underwent a 5 month restoration process at PlaneSafe Aircraft Maintenance in Waukesha,Wi. (home base KUES). New items include: canopy glass, propeller, total strip and repaint of interior and panels, most instruments, heat system created, custom seats, electric trim, g meter, new harnesses.

Restoration Images

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