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SHENYANG J-6 (MiG-19 FARMER)

 
MANUFACTURED  BY:          SHENYANG AIRCRAFT CORP., PEOPLES REPUBLIC of CHINA
                           CHENGDU AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIAL CORP.
 
TYPE      -  FIGHTER
CREW      -  ONE PILOT OFFICER
ARM       -  SIX HARD POINTS - THREE ON EACH WING
             TWO 3O MM CANNON 
RANGE     -  425 MILES 
WING SPAN -  26.5 FT.
LENGTH    -  42.9 FT.
HEIGHT    -  12 FT.
WEIGHT    -  20,000 POUNDS TAKE OFF
ENGINE    -  TWO AFTERBURNING WP-6
GUIDANCE  -  GPS SUPPLIED BY ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL/GARMIN
SPEED     -  900 MPH OR MACH 1.4 AT ALTITUDE

The F-6 is the Chinese version of the MiG-19, which as of the mid-1990s was still in production in China. The PLAAF has over 3,000 of these maneuverable daylight fighters. The J-6 was thought to be an obsolete aircraft but recent reviews of PLAAF tactics show that the J-6 can be used to ambush and defeat much more capable machines due to its great close in air combat flight performance. The use of J-6 jets by Pakistan against more capable Indian jet fighters in the recent clashes over Kashmir shows that the J-6 is a formidable air to air foe in close in dog fighting.

It is a testimony to this capable air plane that the infamous Col. Toon of the North Vietnamese air force used the J-6 to down 12 US aircraft. In fact, China opted to cease production of the Mach two J-7 (MiG-21 variant) in favor of producing more J-6 jets.

The J-6, which began flight tests in 1958, was China's first supersonic jet fighter. The F-6 has six attachment points for external stores. The outboard wing stations can carry a 550 pound bomb or a 760 or 400 liter drop tank or the CAA-1b air to air missile. The inboard wing stations can carry practice bombs or rocket pods with either 8 x 57mm, 16 x 57mm, or 7 x 90mm rockets.