Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Chinese Area 52.

Well, according to this recent CCTV news report, the PLAAF "red flag" test range in northwest China is code named "area 52".   It might be just a might be a coincident but I have a feeling that they were inspired by what the USAF's Tonopah Test Range has to offer in training next generation of combat pilots.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The PLAAF Regiments are ....

Recently, the PLAAF gathered over 100 birds for an "air-combat testing assessment" and the participating fighter regiments are as follow:  The 1st (J-11B), 4th (J-8DF), 8th (J-10), 42nd (J-7E), 54th (Su-30) and 55th (J-11).   

PLA Air Force holds confrontation air-combat testing assessment

(Source: China Military Online)   2012-12-05

More than 100 top pilots from 14 aviation brigades/regiments of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) piloted their fighters to conduct a fierce “air-combat” from November 19 to 30, 2012, at an experimental training base of the PLA Air Force in northwest China, which is the largest confrontation air-combat testing assessment of the PLA Air Force in recent years. (China Military Online/Niu Xinya, Yang Zhanglin and Yu Hongchun)

Editor:Li Meng

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