Tuesday, November 3, 2009

China's August 1st Aerobatics Team 八一飞行队

China's August 1st Aerobatics Team 八一飞行队 is the aerobatic demonstration team of the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The August 1st Aerobatics Team is considered as one the best aerobatic teams in the world. It is named after the date of the founding of the PLAAF. The unit was founded in 1962 and has performed 320 events in 100 countries. It is part of the PLAAF Beijing Military Region.

In the past, Ba Yi aerobatic team has flown J-5, J-6 and JJ-5 air planes.

In the 90's, Chengdu J-7EB was flown by the Ba Yi aerobatic team, but was replaced by the newer J-7GB (2001). There are about 8 aircraft in the fleet, but only 6 are set for any airshow.

In May 2009, the team upgraded their jets to the much more advanced Chengdu J-10s multirole fighter.

The aerobatics team is based out of Yangcun Air Force Base (Meichong) near Tianjin, home to the 24th Fighter Division.

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