In 1957, in order to satisfy the demands of
China Air Force, Hongdu Group began to design
the primary trainer PT6 by herself. On Aug.27,
1958, PT6, the first self-designed and self-manufactured
propeller primary trainer in new China, performed
her maiden flight successfully. This marks that
the Chinese aviation industry has stepped into
a new stage of designing aircraft by herself.
Since then, over 2400 PT6 trainers in various
types have been produced and used to train ten
thousands of pilots in China successfully. PT6
has been seen as the cradle of Chinese pilots.
Moreover, PT6 is keened by lots of aviationlovers
and popular in European and American aviation
clubs for its excellent controllability and
In 1979,PT6 was awarded the National Quality
Gold Medal .It is the firstversion of primary
trainers that has won such a special honor.