Song Wencong

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Song Wencong
Native name 宋文骢
Born (1930-03-26)26 March 1930
Kunming, Yunnan, China
Died 22 March 2016(2016-03-22) (aged 85)
Beijing, China
Nationality Chinese
Fields Aircraft design
Institutions China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC-1)
Alma mater Harbin Institute of Military Engineering
Known for the development of the single seat version of the Chengdu J-10

Song Wencong (simplified Chinese: 宋文骢; traditional Chinese: 宋文驄; pinyin: Sòng Wéncōng; 26 March 1930 – 22 March 2016) was a Chinese aircraft designer, who is responsible for the development of the single seat version of the Chengdu J-10.[1] He was a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.


Song was born on 26 March 1930, in Kunming, Yunnan, with his ancestral home in Dali, Yunnan. He joined a youth organization of the Communist Party of China by the end of 1948. He enlisted in the Yunnan-Guangxi-Guizhou border region column of PLA in July 1949 as a scout. In May 1951, he joined the Chinese People's Volunteer Army to fight against the American-led United Nations forces in the Korean War.[2] In August 1954, he was accepted to Harbin Institute of Military Engineering (now Harbin Engineering University), where he majored in aircraft engine at the Air Force Engineering Department. After graduating in July 1960 he was assigned to Shenyang 601 Design District as a designer. He was a designer of Chengdu 611 Design District from 1970 to 1974, and he was elected deputy chief designer for 1977 and chief designer for 1980.[3][4]

At the age of 56, he was appointed chief designer of the Chengdu J-10.

In 2003, he was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

He was honored as one of the top ten people touching China in 2009.

On 22 March 2016, Song died at 301 Military Hospital in Beijing, aged 85.[4]


  • The second prize of National Scientific and Technological Progress Award


  1. ^ Xinhua News Agency (6 January 2007). "China's new fighter jet Jian-10 makes technological "breakthrough"". BBC. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  2. ^ 歼-10总设计师宋文骢院士逝世. sina (in Chinese). 2016-03-22. 
  3. ^ “歼-10之父”宋文骢院士3月22日中午去世. Ifeng (in Chinese). 2016-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b 歼7与歼10战机之父宋文骢院士逝世 享年86岁. Tencent (in Chinese). 2016-03-22. 

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