Shenyang Institute of Aeronautical Museum

J-8 Fighter Plane at Shenyang Air Museum

J-8 Fighter Plane at Shenyang Air Museum by Derek Harkness. Sourced via Flickr under All rights reserved.

Beiling airport is the site where China produced it's first modern jet aircraft in the early 1950's. These were initially copies of Soviet Mig fighters but gradually Chinese designs developed. In the front of the museum grounds stand nine aircraft produced on this site which can be closely inspected. Inside the museum building are displays telling the history of the airport and aircraft factory as well as Chinese aviation. A strong focus is placed on comparing Chinese and American aircraft, in particular those involved in the Korean War of the 50's. They also tell the history of Chinese missile development and other technologies. Civilian aircraft were also produced here and feature in the exhibits. The tour finishes with the modern J-11 fighter, China's new passenger aircraft (ACAC ARJ21 Xiangfeng or Flying Phoenix) and the recent Chinese space flights.

Map showing location of Shenyang Institute of Aeronautical Museum

Above: Location of Shenyang Institute of Aeronautical Museum in Shenyang, Liaoning, China