• 1950s-1960s|
  • 1970s-1990s|
  • 21st Century
  • 1951

    April

    The CPC Central Committee established the Ministry of Heavy Industry's Bureau of Aviation Industry. Duan Zijun is appointed Director.

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    1956

    May

    The first jet engine built in China,the WP-5,successfully completes trial production in Shenyang.

    July

    The first Chinese-made jet fighter. the J-5,completes maiden flight in Shenyang.

    1958

    May

    The WP-1A,the first Chinese independently-designed turbojet engine,successfully finishes trial production in Shenyang.

    July

    The first JJ-1 aircraft independently-designed by China successfully completes its maiden flight in Shenyang.

    1962

    January

    China's primary training plane,the CJ-6,independently Chinese designed and manufactured,is finalized and enters production. Tens of thousands of pilots trained for the armed forces using this aircraft.

    1965

    June

    China's first independently-designed combat jet aircraft,the Q-5,makes successful maiden flight.

    1967

    March

    The first large Chinese jet engine,the WP-8,passes identification and acceptance requirements and enters batch production.

    1954

    July

    The first Chinese produced aircraft,the CJ-5,successfully completes maiden flight in Nanchang,Jiangxi Province,China.

    August

    Successful production trial of New China's first aero engine,the AM-11,in Zhuzhou,Hunan Province,China.

    1957

    December

    The first Chinese-made multi-purpose civil aircraft,the Y-5,completes its maiden flight in Nanchang.

    1959

    September

    The J-6 concludes a successful maiden flight in Shenyang.

    September

    The H6 bomber,independently assembled in China,finishes successful maiden flight in Harbin.

    1963

    September

    The Z-5 helicopter passes quality inspections and is certified. On December 5,the J-6 also earns a high quality certification.

    1966

    January

    The Chinese-made aircraft,the J-7,which is capable of traveling at twice the speed of sound,successfully completes its maiden flight in Shenyang. This is a turning point wherein China now has the capability to independently manufacture the second generation of fighter planes.

    1969

    July

    The first independently-designed,high-altitude,high-speed,Chinese-made aircraft,the J-8,successfully completes its maiden flight in Shenyang.

  • 1970

    December

    The Y-7 aircraft completes a successful maiden flight in Xian,which fills the vacuum of short-range turboprop transport aircraft.

    1974

    December

    The first medium-sized transport aircraft,the Y-8,independently manufactured by China,finishes a successful maiden flight in Shaanxi.

    1980

    September

    The large passenger jet aircraft,the Y-10,independently designed and manufactured by China,carries out its successful maiden flight in Shanghai.

    December

    A new generation of unmanned,high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft,the WZ-5,is successfully developed.

    1985

    March

    Shanghai Aviation Industry Company signs a contract with McDonnell-Douglas to jointly produce the MD-82 aircraft in Shanghai. In March,1989,both sides sign another agreement,this time to jointly assemble 10 MD-82/83 aircraft.

    1990

    June

    The multipurpose transport aircraft,the Y-12,obtains an airworthiness certificate issued by the British CAA,which is the first time a Chinese civil aircraft obtains an international certificate.

    November

    The basic trainer,the K8,jointly invested in and developed by China and Pakistan,makes triumphant maiden flight.

    1992

    November

    The WZ-8A engine,assembled in a Z-9 aircraft,passes national technical appraisal.

    1997

    August

    The first coaxial helicopter,the M16,successfully completes maiden flight in Beijing.

    1971

    December

    The first early warning aircraft,the KJ-1,makes a successful maiden flight in Shaanxi.

    1976

    April

    The independently manufactured Chinese aircraft,the SH-5,realizes a successful maiden flight in Hubei.

    1984

    June

    The high-altitude,high-speed,multi-purpose,all-weather aircraft,the J-8,completes a successful maiden flight in Shenyang.

    1988

    February

    The J-7 III aircraft and its WP-13 engine are finalized.

    October

    The first generation of attack helicopters,the Z-9W,completes a successful maiden flight in Jingdezhen.

    December

    The first generation of supersonic fighter-bombers,the FBC-1,makes a successful maiden flight in Xian.

    1991

    December

    China's Air Refueling Project achieves its goal with the first refueling of an aircraft in flight.

    1993

    March

    The 1st Session of the 8th National People's Congress passes a proposal to establish the China Aviation Industry Corporation,initiating the transformation of China's aviation industry into an enterprise operation.

    1998

    March

    The J-10 aircraft completes a successful maiden flight. This achievement marks a turning point for Chinese fighter aircraft,the historical leap from second generation to third generation fighter planes.

    December

    The J-11A aircraft completes a successful maiden flight.

  • 2000

    March

    The MA 60 regional aircraft makes a successful maiden flight in Xi'an.

    December

    The light helicopter,the Z-11 passes national design finalizing inspections.

    2003

    April

    The first new type of special-purpose attack helicopter completes its maiden flight successfully.

    July

    The first light gas turbine,the QD128,QD70 aero engine unit links up with the national power grid at Zhongyuan Oil Field in Henan Province. This marks the gas turbine's entry into commercialization.

    2006

    March

    The new generation of advanced training planes,the L-15,is independently developed in China. It completes its maiden flight successfully.

    December

    The medium-thrust,augmented turbofan engine,Qinling,is finalized.

    2008

    October

    China's new generation of turboprop regional jets,the MA 600,has its successful maiden flight.

    November

    Approved by the State Council,the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is officially established. Lin Zuoming is appointed President.

    2002

    May

    The first advanced plane engine,the Kunlun turbojet engine passes national design finalizing inspections.

    2005

    December

    The JL-9,an advanced training plane,passed technical appraisal.

    December

    The first Chinese high-thrust turbofan engine,the Taihang,is finalized.

    2007

    December

    The ARJ21-700,a new regional jet which China possesses independent intellectual property right to,rolls off the production line.

    2010

    March

    The first large Chinese civil helicopter,the AC313,achieves a successful maiden flight.