Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark (Flanker X2) – Serial 114, PLANAF, Carrier Liaoning, 2017
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA6403: Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark serial 114 of the PLANAF (Chinese Naval Air Force), Carrier Liaoning, 2017
Length 12 inches Wingspan 8 inches
The J-15 is a Chinese twin-engine all-weather carrier-based fighter manufactured by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation in cooperation with the 601 Institute for the Chinese PLAN aircraft carriers. In China the J-15 is known as the Flying Shark with a NATO designation of Flanker-X2. The J-15 has the same basic airframe design as the Su-33. When the jet entered service in 2015 it was compared to the U.S. Navy’s two-seat FA-18 Super Hornet fighter. This single seat Mach-2 fighter had the Soviet Union’s first operational fly-by-wire system. The aircraft is very large compared to the MiG-29, its closest Soviet counterpart, but it is built with a high percentage of titanium, which helps minimize its weight. It is exceptionally agile and is perhaps most famous for its “Cobra” maneuver, which is a short, sustained level flight at a 120 degree angle of attack, often performed at air shows. In 2018 it was announced the J-15 would stop production for the J-15B.
The aircraft carrier Liaoning was originally being built as the aircraft cruiser Riga but was renamed Varyag in 1990. When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 all work stopped on the bare bones ship and it was sold by Ukraine to China in 1998. The now named Liaoning, it was commissioned in 2012 and combat ready in 2016. J-15 “Flying Shark” #114 is one of twenty-six J-15’s assigned to the carrier.