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

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    According to gongke, the WP-14 Kunlun is currently in use by JZ-8F. Over a billion yuan was invested into the project and over a hundred engines were manufactured. In the four years preceding February 2018, not a single incident occurred with the WP-14.

    However, during the split of AECC from AVIC, the project was not continued beyond the completion of its production run.
     
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    Hmmm ... that would be indeed a surprise? But why only in the JZ-8F?
     
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    I'm not sure but I would guess it's because the WP-14 came after the end of normal J-8 production.
     
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    Well, turbojet engines are considered obsolete today because of their high fuel consumption.
    The project likely made sense for China at the time. But not right now.
     
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    老将换老将 西部战区某旅从歼7成功改飞歼8 translated as "Veteran veteran, a brigade in the Western Theater, successfully changed from 歼7 to 歼8" which could fit to either the 97th, 99th, 18th, 110th or 112th Brigades.

    Is there any additional info on a location given in that video?
     
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    If Wikipedia is to be believed, only 18th (Lanzhou, J-7H), 97th (Urumqi, J-7E), and 99th Brigade (Urumqi, unspecified variant) fly J-7.

    Considering J-7E is several years newer than J-7H, I am leaning on 18th Brigade.
     
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    I must admit, even if it sounds arrogant, I would thrust my own work (http://www.harpia-publishing.com/galleries/MCW18/index.html) more than Wiki. None of these assignments seem to be correct: The 18th is subordinated to the Ürümqi Base, whereas both the 97th and 99th Brigades as subordinated to Lanzhou Base.

    Concerning the 18th I agree with You and it would have been my favourite, but given a post in the PDF by "Icloo":

    I'm no longer sure ... In the extreme far-North west there are no J-7 units, the westernmost ones are assigned to the 108th Brigade at Changji or the 112th Brigade at Malan all subordinated to Ürümqi Base.
     
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    Ha! 3rd guy from right is like ” Am I a joke to you? "
     
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    So... Is there an up to date list of J-7 and J-8 units that remain in use today?
    If true, the above news that a J-7H unit traded in their planes for a newer type might signal that no plane older than J-7H remains in service. So basically all those J-7II and that one unit of J-8B should be retired by now. Leaving at most 3 more units of J-7H alive. (there were four of them according to Scramble, so minus this one leaves three)

    But do we have any sort of confirmation for such an assessment?
     
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