The CJ-6 (CJ = Chuji Jiaolianji = Primary Trainer in English) is an all-original Chinese design that is commonly, but erroneously, mistaken for a 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. In 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 August 27, 1958.
Power for the prototype was provided by a locally manufactured version of the Soviet AI-14P 260 hp radial, the Housai HS-6, and the CJ-6 was approved for mass production. In 1965 the HS-6 engine was upgraded to 285 hp and redesignated the HS-6A, and the aircraft equipped with the new powerplant were designated the CJ-6A.
A total production run estimated at more than 3,000 aircraft supplied CJ-6 aircraft for PLAAF training, as well as for export (as the PT-6) to countries including Albania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, North Korea, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka
|Date of Manufacture
|33 ft 6 in
|27 ft 9 in
|285-hp Zhuzhou Huosai HS-6A radial piston engine
|2 bladed J9-G1
|Rate of Climb
|150 KTAS at 68% Power
|Number of Crew
|Crew of 2
|2 x 7.62mm machine guns
This Nanchang CJ-6A was imported and restored by Fred Ihlenburg and sold by Mistress Jets. It was purchased and hangared in Aurora Oregon and nicknamed #23 by its owner before being sold to me.
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