The Shenyang J-5 is a Chinese-built single-seat jet-powered interceptor and fighter aircraft based on the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17. The Shenyang J-5 was exported as the F-5 and was initially named Dongfeng-101 and Type 56 before being named J-5 by 1964.

1956 to: 1969
Shenyang Aircraft Corporation
1x Wopen WP-5 (Chinese license name) / Klimov VK-1
7,600 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
610 knots
1,130 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
769 Nautical Miles
1,424 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
54,100 feet
Rate of Climb:
12800 feet / minute
65.02metre / second
Take Off Distance:
590 metre - 1,935.67 feet
Landing Distance:
825 metre - 2,706.66 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
6,215 Kg
13,702 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
2,135 Kg
4,707 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
667 gallon
2,525 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
11.09 metre - 36.38 feet
Tail height:
3.8 metre - 12.47 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
9.63 metre - 31.59 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

On July 19, 1956, the first Chinese-built Mig-17F, (serialized Zhong 0101) took its maiden flight piloted by Wu Keming. The aircraft produced several variants such as the Type 56, Dongfeng-101, Shenyang J-5, Shenyang J-5A, Chengdu JJ-5, and Shenyang J-5 torpedo bomber. Type 56 was the pre-service designation for the aircraft while the initial service name was Dongfeng-101.

The Shenyang J-5 was the first production aircraft redesignated in 1964. A total of 767 were built and all were single-seat versions. The J-5 is 3.8-meter tall and 11.09-meter long. It has a wingspan of 9.62 meters and a wing area of 22.6 square meters. The empty weight is 3,939 kg and the gross weight is 6,000 kg. It is powered by a single Wopen WP-5 turbojet engine which produces a maximum thrust of 5,700 lbf, and 7,600 lbf with afterburning. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 610 knots at 16,000 feet and a travel range of 769 nautical miles with drop tanks at 33,000 feet.

The Shenyang J-5A was the license production of the Radar-equipped MiG-17PF. A total of more than300 of this type were produced. This variant was still in service with the People’s Liberating Army Air Force.

The Chengdu JJ-5 was a twin-seat fighter trainer variant of the J-5. It was designed and developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation. The Chengdu JJ-5 was a combination of J-5 airframe, J-5A airbrakes, and the tandem twin-seat cockpit of the JJ-2 (MiG-15UTI). It has an external length of 11.5 meters. The empty weight is 4,080 kg and the gross weight is 6,125 kg. It was powered by a 5,010 lbf WP-5D non-afterburning turbojet. It has a maximum speed of 566 knots, a range of 660 nautical miles, a service ceiling of 46,900 feet, and a rate of climb of 5,300 feet per minute. Export variants were named FT-5.

The Shenyang J-5 torpedo bomber was a single aircraft carrying a single torpedo below the fuselage centerline. Central cannon was detached, as was some fuel storage capacity. Testing proved performance degradation was too great and further development was ditched.

Want More of This?
We'll send you our latest and best content straight to your inbox
Featured Image

All Shenyang Aircraft