Aviation base thrives in birthplace of CPC armed forces

08:59, May 06, 2011      

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File photo taken on Oct. 1, 2009 shows K8 trainer planes, made by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, fly in the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing, capital of China. On Aug. 1, 1927, Communist-led armed forces held an uprising in Nanchang City, which marks the birth of the armed forces of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and has been recorded as a great event in China's revolutionary history. Nanchang, one of the "red cradles" of CPC, is also an industrial base in east China and has made contribution to China's development and modernization, especially the aviation industry. Hongdu Aviation Industry Group, a division of the China Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC), is a main base for research and manufacturing of trainers, UAV, general airplanes and missiles, and also a main base for export of aviation products. Founded in 1951, Hongdu made the first plane of People's Republic of China in July 1954. Up to now, Hongdu has developed and manufactured over 5,000 aircrafts, more than 500 of which were exported. K8 trainer and L15 trainer, developed and manufactured by Hongdu, are among the outstanding trainer planes in China's aviation. K8 trainer is designed in compliance with the international criteria and developed in a form of international cooperation, is primarily used for pilot's basic training and advanced training. L15, a new generation two-engine supersonic advanced trainer with typical characteristics of third generation fighters, can be used for advanced training and strategic pilot drills. Hondu also undertakes the construction of the fore part of the airframe of C919 jumbo jet, China's self-developed jumbo jet. C919, is scheduled to take off in 2014 after being rolled off the assemble line between the end of 2013 and the first half of 2014. (Xinhua/Zhang Chuanqi)

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