August 1st (aerobatic team)

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August 1st Aerobatic Team
China airforce J-10.jpg
J-10 (August 1st aerobatic team)
Active 1962 – present
Country Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Branch Roundel of the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force.svg People's Liberation Army Air Force
Role Aerobatic Display
Garrison/HQ Yangcun Air Base (Meichong) ( 39°22′24″N, 117°5′42″E )
Nickname(s) Bayi
Colors White and Red; formerly White and Blue (with red star on the tail fin)
Aircraft flown
Fighter 8 Chengdu J-10

The August 1st or Ba Yi Aerobatics Team (Chinese: 八一飞行表演队) is the aerobatic demonstration team of the People's Liberation Army Air Force. It is named after the date of the founding of the PLA (August 1, 1927), and is a part of the PLAAF Beijing Military Region. The unit was founded in 1962 and has over the years performed more than 500 times for delegations from 166 countries and regions. Its first show abroad happened in August 2013 during the Russian airshow MAKS.[1]


The August 1st aerobatic team (Ba Yi aerobatic team) initially equipped the fleet with JJ-5 fighter-trainer jets, a Chinese version of Russian made MiG-17. In later years the JJ-5s were replaced by Chengdu J-7EB, then again was replaced by the newer J-7GB (2001). There are about 8 aircraft in the fleet, but only 6 are set for any airshow.

In May 2009, the team upgraded their jets to the much more advanced Chengdu J-10 multirole fighter.[2]




  • June 1997 – 3 aircraft crash in Tianjin during a practice session
  • 15 September 1998 – single aircraft crashes near Chongming Island Airport near Shanghai
  • July 14, 2009 – Number 3 wing which was a J-7GB crashed at Yang Cun airbase during practicing session, while preparing for the coming National Day demonstration on October 1st.
  • 12 November 2016 – Captain Yu Xu, first female J-10 pilot, was killed in an accident during training in Hebei province.[4]



  1. ^ PLA aerobatic team to perform in Russia
  2. ^ Chinese J-10 Fighters Debut as New Acrobatic Aircraft
  3. ^ Hussain, Haris (21 March 2015). "The mystique of China's J-10 fighter". New Straits Times. Retrieved 12 June 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ "Woman fighter pilot inspired nation". China Daily. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.

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