Xi'an H-6

1st Flight 1959

H-6 is a license-built version of the Soviet Tupolev Tu-16 twin-engine jet bomber, built for China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

Delivery of the Tu-16 to China began in 1958, and the Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation signed a license production agreement with the USSR to build the type in the late 1950s.

The first Chinese Tu-16, or “H-6” as it was designated in Chinese service, flew in 1959.

Production was performed by the plant at Xian, with at least 150 built into the 1990s.

China is estimated to currently operate around 120 of the aircraft.

Specifications

(H-6)

Crew: 4

Length: 34.8 m (114 ft 2 in)

Wingspan: 33 m (108 ft 3 in)

Height: 10.36 m (34 ft 0 in)

Wing area: 165 m 2 (1,780 sq ft)

Airfoil: root: PR-1-10S-9 (15.7%) ; tip: PR-1-10S-9 (12%)

Empty weight: 37,200 kg (82,012 lb)

Gross weight: 76,000 kg (167,551 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 79,000 kg (174,165 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Xian WP-8 turbojet engines, 93.2 kN (21,000 lbf) thrust each.

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