Who is Who in Chinese aviation history !?!

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    Once again for an ongoing project I need some additional information ... and therefore I ask for some help !

    In the book “China Today” (ISBN 7-80046-159-9/V 1989) in the chapter on the Dong-Feng-fighter series there’s a list of “well known” or the “most respected” Chinese aviation experts. But who is who, who they are - and where did they work ? :confused:

    Qian Xuesen, Wang Bi, Xu Changyu, Shen Yuan, Gao Fangqui and Ren Xingmin

    Sadly I only found after a quick search some info on the following persons:

    Qian Xuesen,
    (1911, Zhejiang Province) is widely considered as the father of the Chinese space program. A former officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to China in the 1950s, after he had been expelled from the U.S., suspected of harboring Communist sympathies. As one of the leading rocket engineers at the California Institute of Technology, and more specifically the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, Qian was among the allied engineers who had studied German rocket technology immediately after the war.
    After his return in 1956, he became director of the Fifth Academy under the Ministry of National Defense and helped reverse-engineer a Soviet R-2 rocket, an improved version of the German V-2 developed by Werner von Braun that had been left behind by Soviet advisers. On the basis of the work Qian did under marshal Nie Rongzhen, head of the PLA military industrial complex, China's first ICBMs were developed, which helped launch the first satellite in 1970.
    http://www.iisg.nl/~landsberger/qxs.html
    More: http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_aboutchi...ntent_26404.htm


    Wang Bi
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/lib...1/plaaf-ch2.htm
    In September 1924, Sun Yatsen's Guangzhou Revolutionary Government established an Aviation Bureau and a military flying school in Guangzhou. Eighteen members were sent to the Soviet Union from 1925 to March 1927 for advanced flight training; one of them who later helped shaping the PLAAF were Chang Qiankun and Wang Bi. In April 1927, Wang Bi moved from Moscow's Sun Yatsen University to the Soviet Union's Air Force Ground Support School, where he graduated in September 1929. He then served in the Soviet Air Force until September 1938. In January 1941, the Military Commission decided to start an Air Force Engineering School, charged with teaching basic aviation theory and aviation armament. Wang Bi was the first commandant, and Chang Qiankun was the first chief instructor. Laterthey were the first director and deputy director, respectively of the Aviation Section (hangkong zu) under the 18th Group Army's General Staff Department. In November 1949, Wang Bi, was appointed as the Deputy Political Commissar and Director of the Aeronautical Engineering Department, as the only two people who had studied in the Soviet Union. After 1949, he served primarily in political commissar and aircraft maintenance positions, but finished as a PLAAF deputy commander before he died in 1977.


    But sadly nothing on: Xu Changyu, Shen Yuan, Gao Fangqui and Ren Xingmin ... can anyone help me out ???? :(

    Cheers and thanks a lot in advance, Deino :bowdown:
     
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    Yeah, I think he also played a key role in China's Hangzhou aircraft manufacturing facility, under KMT rule.

    Too pity KMT made such a Chinese poineer way under-noticed, his name didn't showed in Boeing's aviation history until very recently.
     
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    Good for Boeing in mentioning it. The Model C was the first ever plane designed by this company. The Model A and B were copies of something else.
     
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