Wang Hai in the Korean War
|5th Commander of the PLA Air Force|
July 1985 – November 1992
|Preceded by||Zhang Tingfa|
|Succeeded by||Cao Shuangming|
January 19, 1926 |
Yantai, Shandong, China
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Service/branch||People's Liberation Army Air Force|
|Years of service||1944–92|
Wang Hai (Chinese: 王海; born January 19, 1926) was a Chinese ace pilot during the Korean War, and the first aviator to become Commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), in 1985. He was awarded the rank of general (shang jiang) in 1988, and retired in 1992.
Wang Hai was born on January 19, 1926 in Yantai, Shandong Province. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in September 1945 when he was a student at Weihai High School, and studied at Linyi People's Revolutionary University in Shandong. In June 1946 he entered Mudanjiang Aviator School, the first aviator training school of the CPC. In May 1950, he graduated from the training program to become a fighter pilot.
During the Korean War (1950–53), Wang was a pilot of the 3rd Fighter Aviation Division. He shot down or damaged 9 American aircraft, with his own air group scoring 29. The MiG fighter he flew is exhibited in the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing.
After the war, he was promoted to command an air division, and later Commander of the Guangzhou Military Region Air Force. In 1985, he was the first aviator to become Commander of the People's Liberation Army Air Force. When the PLA re-instituted military ranks, he was awarded the rank of general (shang jiang) in September 1988. He retired in 1992. Starting with him all PLAAF commanders have been career aviators.
Wang Hai was a member of the 13th and 14th Central Committees of the Communist Party of China.
On 19 October 2010 he led a Chinese delegation to Pyongyang to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers into the Korean War.
- "Wang Hai" (in Chinese). Xinhua. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
- 王海: 从朝鲜战场飞出来的空军司令员. Netease (in Chinese). 2008-06-11.
- David L. Shambaugh (2002). Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects. University of California Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-520-22507-7.