Shenyang J-5

Chinese-built fighter aircraft introduced in 1957

China airforce Shenyang J5
photo: PENG CHEN

The Shenyang J-5 is a Chinese-built single-seat jet-powered interceptor and fighter aircraft based on the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17. The Shenyang J-5 was exported as the F-5 and was initially named Dongfeng-101 and Type 56 before being named J-5 by 1964.

1956 to: 1969


Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
1x Wopen WP-5 (Chinese license name) / Klimov VK-1
7,600 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
610 knots
1,130 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
769 Nautical Miles
1,424 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
54,100 feet
Rate of Climb:
12800 feet / minute
65.02metre / second
Take Off Distance:
590 metre - 1,935.67 feet
Landing Distance:
825 metre - 2,706.66 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
6,215 Kg
13,702 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
2,135 Kg
4,707 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
667 gallon
2,525 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
11.09 metre - 36.38 feet
Tail height:
3.8 metre - 12.47 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
9.63 metre - 31.59 feet
Wing Tips:
no winglets
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On July 19, 1956, the first Chinese-built Mig-17F, (serialized Zhong 0101) took its maiden flight piloted by Wu Keming. The aircraft produced several variants such as the Type 56, Dongfeng-101, Shenyang J-5, Shenyang J-5A, Chengdu JJ-5, and Shenyang J-5 torpedo bomber. Type 56 was the pre-service designation for the aircraft while the initial service name was Dongfeng-101.

The Shenyang J-5 was the first production aircraft redesignated in 1964. A total of 767 were built and all were single-seat versions. The J-5 is 3.8-meter tall and 11.09-meter long. It has a wingspan of 9.62 meters and a wing area of 22.6 square meters. The empty weight is 3,939 kg and the gross weight is 6,000 kg. It is powered by a single Wopen WP-5 turbojet engine which produces a maximum thrust of 5,700 lbf, and 7,600 lbf with afterburning. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 610 knots at 16,000 feet and a travel range of 769 nautical miles with drop tanks at 33,000 feet.

The Shenyang J-5A was the license production of the Radar-equipped MiG-17PF. A total of more than300 of this type were produced. This variant was still in service with the People’s Liberating Army Air Force.

The Chengdu JJ-5 was a twin-seat fighter trainer variant of the J-5. It was designed and developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation. The Chengdu JJ-5 was a combination of J-5 airframe, J-5A airbrakes, and the tandem twin-seat cockpit of the JJ-2 (MiG-15UTI). It has an external length of 11.5 meters. The empty weight is 4,080 kg and the gross weight is 6,125 kg. It was powered by a 5,010 lbf WP-5D non-afterburning turbojet. It has a maximum speed of 566 knots, a range of 660 nautical miles, a service ceiling of 46,900 feet, and a rate of climb of 5,300 feet per minute. Export variants were named FT-5.

The Shenyang J-5 torpedo bomber was a single aircraft carrying a single torpedo below the fuselage centerline. Central cannon was detached, as was some fuel storage capacity. Testing proved performance degradation was too great and further development was ditched.