First built in 1958, the J-6A is the Chinese built version of the radar equipped MiG-19PF. The Farmer was the first supersonic production fighter in the USSR and in China. Although the first Chinese-built J-6 aircraft rolled off the assembly line in 1958, very poor quality control in both engine and airframe manufacture led to the first batch of aircraft being refused by the Chinese Air Force. It was not until 1963 that the first aircraft entered service in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. While the MiG-19 had a relatively short service life in the Soviet Air Force, it remained in Chinese service until the end of the 1990s. Widely exported as the F-6A, Chinese-built Farmers have served in numerous air forces, including in North Korea, North Vietnam, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. As of 2017, only the North Koreans continue to use the Farmer in any significant numbers.
The aircraft on display is a J-6A that served with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force. It was imported into the United States in the 1990s by the Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation. It was then displayed at the March Air Force Base Museum for several years. In 2004, the aircraft was loaned to Pima by MARC for restoration and display. It was purchased by the Pima Air & Space Museum in 2015. The paint scheme represents those worn by F-6 fighters in the Egyptian Air Force around the year 2000.
Egyptian Air Force, 211th FGA (Fighter Bomber) Brigade, Jiyanklis, Egypt, 2000
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