A Chinese Novel about Chinese Fighter Pilots; Three Observations (3)

Jul 26, 2011 at 13:52 | Posted in Chinese Culture 中华文化 | Leave a comment
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No Personal Marking on Fighter’s Jets in the Chinese Air Force
July 26, 2011
By Song White

I thought personalization would have nothing to do with the military. But I learned there are personal markings on fighter’s jets in the U.S. after visiting several air museums with Adam. In the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Arizona, I saw the word “Ahaulin” and the image of a donkey with a signature of Bruce ’51’; I noticed a red face design with the words Miss Flugg’n Lace on the Lt. H.N. Madison’s jet; and I found two black and white dices on Cap’t Billy’s jet. Furthermore, Adam pointed out the many jets being marked with different counts of icons that represent the enemy’s jets shot down by the pilot. To me, it’s like reading another story by looking at those American fighter jets. In the novel Flying with You, there is absolutely no personalized appearance on any Chinese jets. That’s my third observation.

Ahaulin and a donkey with a signature of Bruce 51, nose art found at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, Arizona.

Ahaulin and a donkey with a signature of Bruce 51, nose art found at Planes of Fame Air Museum, Arizona.

Miss Flugg’n Lace on the Lt. H.N. Madison’s jet, nose art found at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, Arizona.

Miss Flugg’n Lace on the Lt. H.N. Madison’s jet, nose art found at Planes of Fame Air Museum, Arizona.

Cap’t Billy’s dices, nose art found at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, Arizona.

Cap’t Billy’s dices, nose art found at the Planes of Fame Air Museum, Arizona.

Tail Art? Fighter Jet in Moffett Field, California.

Tail Art? Fighter Jet in Moffett Field, California.

The third observation: Chinese pilots don’t seem to have their personal marking on their jets.

Flying with You is about the love stories of several Chinese fighter pilots. The main story line is about Hao and his girl friend, Yun. Both love each other, but reality forces them apart because Yun was arranged to marry another. Yun tries to tell Hao her love for him before she has to leave town to marry another man. But Hao is practicing flying in the air at the time. Yun asks Hao’s friend to let her into the airport hoping to be closer so she can take a look of him one more time. Hao’s friend took Yun to the weather tower. Yun is higher in the air, but she couldn’t tell which jet that Hao is flying because all the jets are the same. I sent a question to the author, Mr. Ma, asking why Yun can’t tell Hao’s jet from the others’.

Mr. Ma nicely sent his reply explaining why. The pilots are high in the air wearing helmets that cover their faces. Each pilot is not assigned permanently with a jet. A pilot may fly a different jet each time. The jets themselves have their own codes; only the commander in charge knows the assignment.

As the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter is introduced, it’s certain that today the dream of a Chinese pilot is to fly J-20; and the young pilots in Flying with You would be seniors or in command of this newer model at this date. The novel, Flying with You, covered a story about Chinese pilots during the introduction time of the previous generation, J-10, which I learned from a recent reading that the then-new Chinese jet’s engine is made by Russia. What I mentioned here regarding the novel are three points: the pilots are skilled with English; the Chinese Communist Party is in control of the air force; and the pilots do not personalize the jets.

While working on this blog, I received an email from Mr. Ma that his movie, Sky Fighters, has its debut in March 2011 in China. I happen to have a few preview photos of the movie as seen below to share with.

A preview of Sky Fighters (《歼十出击》) in September 2010. With English title. Photo by ZQS. Sky Fighters screen written by Mr. Weigan Ma had its debut in March 2011 in China.

A preview of Sky Fighters (《歼十出击》) in September 2010. With English title. Photo by ZQS. Sky Fighters screen written by Mr. Weigan Ma had its debut in March 2011 in China.

A preview of Sky Fighters (《歼十出击》) in September 2010. With Chinese and English title. Photo by ZQS. Sky Fighters screen written by Mr. Weigan Ma had its debut in March 2011 in China.

A preview of Sky Fighters (《歼十出击》) in September 2010. With Chinese and English title. Photo by ZQS. Sky Fighters screen written by Mr. Weigan Ma had its debut in March 2011 in China.

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Keywords: 关键词
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Flying with You: 《和你一起飞》(HENIYIQIFEI)
Weigan Ma: 马维干
The Planes of Fame Air Museum: 航空名机博物馆
Arizona: 亚利桑那
J-10: 歼10
Russia: 俄国
J-20: 歼20
Commander: 指挥员
The Chinese Communist Party: 中国共产党
Sky Fighters: 《歼十出击》
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(This page’s link is https://songwhite.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/a-chinese-novel-about-chinese-fighter-pilots-three-observations-3-of-3/)
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Copyright 2011 Song White
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