The Q-5, J-7, J-8 and older PLAAF aircraft


BaiyueRaeuz

Just Hatched
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Night time operations of J-8IIs from Eastern Command Theater.

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It's an old plane but it still looks elegant. I believe all the J-8II currently in service are either J-8F or have been upgraded to the F standard. The F version only came out in 2009, so it means that they still have at least 10-15 years of service ahead. They would serve as a nice complement to the fleet of 3rd and 4th generation fighters. They would still have some uses as a high-speed interceptor and as a reconnaissance plane, ready to expel any intruders that come too close to China's airspace. RIP 81192.
 

daifo

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Don't forget that J-7s would still be an effective deterrent against Vietnam or India which still operate Mig-21s or older aircraft.
China is not in a state of war, these older planes are good for airspace patrol since they are likely cheaper to fly and more durable. No point using up expensive engine and airframe hours.
 

by78

Brigadier
A rare image of a J-9 windtunnel model. I can't be sure, but that this model appears to differ from an earlier photo of J-9 wind tunnel model (see second image).



An earlier image of a J-9 wind tunnel model:
 

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