Thursday 5 September 2013

(all photos copyright Ken Duffey)

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Brand new purpose-built museum building.

Tupolev Tu-2.

Chengdu J-7.


Q-5 Fantan.

Indigenous Beijing-1 - designed at the university.



Not sure about this one - I think it is a Czech design.

Polikarpov Po-2.

North American T6 Texan.

The crown jewels - the huge Northrop P-61 Black Widow.

Ilyushin Il-10.

Shenyang J-8.

Harbin H5 - based on the Il-28 Beagle.

RAF Harrier GR3.

Looking down from the balcony on the J-8.

T6 Texan.



Lavochkin La-11.

P-47 Thunderbolt.

Nanchanj CJ-6.


Cutaway H-5.

Ilyushin Il-14.

J-8-IIA from the ground...

... and from above.

Engineless Li-2.

Harbin Z-5 - licence-built Mil Mi-4.

Fascinating entrance hall - in the shape of an airliner.

Cutaway J-6 in the entrance foyer.

RD-45 jet engine - a copy of the RR Nene..

Russian AL-31F.

M-26 UAV.

PL-2 Sidewinder-based missiles.

Model of a Chinese space capsule.

'Silkworm' anti-ship missile.

What the well-dressed Chinese cosmonaut is wearing.

Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

Keeping the square clean....

The entrance to the Forbidden City.

The front is being repainted - but Chairman Mao is timeless.

We're not inside yet.......

Panoramic view ....

Looking back at the entrance gates.

Entering the Porcelain museum.

Not the best conditions for photography.

Exquisite displays of porcelain.

Porcelain for export - note the writing.

Status symbols - the more animals, the more status.

Back to the central buildings.




Water container for firefighting.

Peaceful gardens.

Elephant statue.

Rear exit of the Forbidden City.

Surrounding moat and watchtower.

© Ken Duffey September 2013