Shenyang (AVIC) J-6 / F-6 (Farmer) Jet-Powered Interceptor / Fighter Aircraft
The Shenyang J-6 was nothing more than a direct copy of the Soviet-era Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 Farmer jet-powered fighter.
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For decades China, and its regional allies, relied on the availability of their Shenyang J-6 series (NATO codename of "Farmer") of jet aircraft. The type was nothing more than a license-production copy of the short-lived Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 "Farmer" that replaced the venerable MiG-17 "Frescos" then in service. The J-6 stocked the ranks of the PLAAF in some number with other quantitative operators of note becoming Pakistan and North Korea. In all, some 15 nations procured the aircraft as their first-line fighter, a budget alternative to the more expensive Soviet model. To date, Iran, Myanmar and North Korea still make use of the type, albeit in greatly diminished numbers than previously experienced. The PLAAF has since discontinued use of the aged fighter design though still retains over 100 trainer examples to educate new generations of Chinese fighter pilots. At one point, the J-6 represented the most numerous of all the available PLAAF combat-oriented aircraft and also served as the starting point for the Nanchang Q-5 "Fantan"
strike fighter detailed elsewhere on this site.
Technically, the supersonic-capable J-6 was categorized as both a dedicated fighter and a ground attack aircraft. However, the system was designed with the former as primary with the latter as secondary. As a Chinese copy of the Soviet version, the J-6's design resembled that of the MiG-19
to a high degree complete with a nose-mounted air intake, dual engine arrangement, highly-swept wings with large boundary layer fencing and a single vertical tail fin. From the beginning, the J-6 was intended as a short-lived fighter development to be made available in quantity to the PLAAF and other interested parties.