• 1950s-1960s|
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  • 21st Century
  •  1951

    April

    The CPC Central Committee established the Ministry of Heavy Industry's Bureau of Aviation Industry. Duan Zijun is appointed Director.

     1956

    May

    The first jet engine built in China,the WP-5,successfully completes trial production in Shenyang.

    July

    The first Chinese-made jet fighter. the J-5,completes maiden flight in Shenyang.

     1958

    May

    The WP-1A,the first Chinese independently-designed turbojet engine,successfully finishes trial production in Shenyang.

    July

    The first JJ-1 aircraft independently-designed by China successfully completes its maiden flight in Shenyang.

     1962

    January

    China's primary training plane,the CJ-6,independently Chinese designed and manufactured,is finalized and enters production. Tens of thousands of pilots trained for the armed forces using this aircraft.

     1965

    June

    China's first independently-designed combat jet aircraft,the Q-5,makes successful maiden flight.

     1967

    March

    The first large Chinese jet engine,the WP-8,passes identification and acceptance requirements and enters batch production.

     1954

    July

    The first Chinese produced aircraft,the CJ-5,successfully completes maiden flight in Nanchang,Jiangxi Province,China.

    August

    Successful production trial of New China's first aero engine,the AM-11,in Zhuzhou,Hunan Province,China.

     1957

    December

    The first Chinese-made multi-purpose civil aircraft,the Y-5,completes its maiden flight in Nanchang.

     1959

    September

    The J-6 concludes a successful maiden flight in Shenyang.

    September

    The H6 bomber,independently assembled in China,finishes successful maiden flight in Harbin.

     1963

    September

    The Z-5 helicopter passes quality inspections and is certified. On December 5,the J-6 also earns a high quality certification.

     1966

    January

    The Chinese-made aircraft,the J-7,which is capable of traveling at twice the speed of sound,successfully completes its maiden flight in Shenyang. This is a turning point wherein China now has the capability to independently manufacture the second generation of fighter planes.

     1969

    July

    The first independently-designed,high-altitude,high-speed,Chinese-made aircraft,the J-8,successfully completes its maiden flight in Shenyang.