Shenyang J-8

Fighter / Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

Shenyang J-8A, People
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Shenyang J-8 is a twin-engine single-seat interceptor fighter aircraft produced by the Chinese state-owned manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force and Navy Air Force.
Although the J-8 appears similar to MiG-21 and Su-15 it is the first indigenous Chinese interceptor aircraft and not a direct development of a Soviet aircraft model but it shares some technology. The Shenyang J-8II is a redesign with a new forward fuselage and air intakes. The changes allow to implement a more powerful radar system. The most current variants are designed as multi-role fighter aircraft.
Crew1
Propulsion2 Turbofan Engines
Engine ModelLiyang Wopen 7B
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
43,0 / 60,0 kN9667 / 13489 lbf
max. Cruise Speed1296 km/h700 kts
  806 mph
Speed2296 km/h1240 kts
  1427 mph
Mmo (max. Mach)Mach 2.2
Service Ceiling17.998 m59.050 ft
Rate of climb12000 m/min39370 ft/min
Range796 km430 NM
495 mi.
Empty Weight9.800 kg21.605 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight17.800 kg39.242 lbs
Wing Span9,34 m30 ft 8 in
Wing Area42,2 m454 ft
Length21,59 m70 ft 10 in
Height5,41 m17 ft 9 in
First Flight05.07.1969
Production Statusin production
Production Range1979-
Total Production> 400
Developed fromMiG-21
Data for (Version)Shenyang J-8I
VariantsJ-8I, J-8II

[Photo-ID: 10390] Karsten Palt 2014-07-20
Shenyang J-8A, Peoples Liberation Army Air Force, 201127, c/n 05-09, Karsten Palt, 2014Shenyang
J-8A
Peoples Liberation Army Air Force
Reg.: 201127
c/n: 05-09
 
Shanghai Aerospace Enthusiasts Center [Shanghai]
[Photo-ID: 10391] Karsten Palt 2014-07-20
Shenyang J-8A, Peoples Liberation Army Air Force, 201127, c/n 05-09, Karsten Palt, 2014Shenyang
J-8A
Peoples Liberation Army Air Force
Reg.: 201127
c/n: 05-09
 
Shanghai Aerospace Enthusiasts Center [Shanghai]