The RedStar Pilot's Association (RPA) is
planning to mark the 50th anniversary of production of the Nanchang CJ-6
with a 50-plane formation of aircraft during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
The formation will be flown during the EAA Warbirds portion of the daily
air shows to commemorate a half-century since the first flight of the
Chinese military trainer.
"EAA Warbirds of America looks forward
to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nanchang CJ-6," said Bill
Fischer, WOA executive director. "We are working closely with the
RedStar Pilots Association and anticipate a variety of special activities
that will highlight the CJ-6. Having 50 or more CJ-6s participating at
AirVenture will be an impressive sight to see."
This airplane was the first indigenous
Chinese aircraft design to be produced, and 50 years and 2,200 copies
later, it's still in production. More than 200 of these aircraft are
actively flown in the United States and regularly participate in air shows
across this country under the RedStar banner.
Practice flights will begin on July 24 at
West Bend, Wisconsin, and a mass formation arrival will help open the EAA
Warbirds of America air show performance on Opening Day Monday, July 28.
In addition to the milestone CJ-6
anniversary, 2008 also marks the 15th year of the RPA. A banquet is
planned for August 1 where several "best of class" awards will
be presented to deserving owners of aircraft. A painting of a CJ-6 will
also be presented to the EAA AirVenture Museum at the EAA WOA banquet
scheduled for August 2.
Event sponsors are Cannon Aviation
Insurance, the Windstar Group, Xiocom Wireless, and World Wide Warbirds.