In the article the day before yesterday, the author talked about the story of general liuhuaqing and general zhangwannian visiting Russian T80 tanks. The two generals’ attitudes towards T80 tanks are quite different. Today, the author talks about the story of lieutenant general Linhu, deputy commander of the air force, visiting the Su-30 fighter. In 1997, during his visit to Russia, lieutenant general Lin Hu visited the Su-30 fighters. In order to prevent Russia from “practicing fraud,” Lieutenant General Lin Hu requested that he must personally test fly the Su-30 fighter. Today, let’s talk about this wonderful story.
First of all, let’s talk about the life of lieutenant general Lin Hu. General Lin Hu’s father was a native of Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province. Due to a series of natural disasters and the oppression of bandits, people everywhere had a hard time. General Lin Hu’s father, like many of his contemporaries, chose to “invade the eastern part of the Shaanxi plain” and go to the northeast to live. Finally, he settled down in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, and married a beautiful young Russian girl, the mother of general Lin Hu.
General Lin Hu was born in 1927. General Lin Hu has a sister and a brother. Although the family is not rich, they are also happy. In 1931, when general Lin Hu was 4 years old, his father was frozen to death in the process of trafficking goods. The mother and brother then contracted a serious illness and died. General Lin Hu’s sister was left. As for general Lin Hu, who was only 4 years old, he was adopted by a family surnamed Lin and named Lin Gensheng. However, the family often abused the young Lin Hu.
Not only do they often give no food to eat, but they often beat them up. In 1936, Lin Hu, who was only 9 years old, could not bear it and chose to leave. Because of his age, he has been wandering all over the country. In 1938, general Lin Hu’s life took a great turn. In july1937, after the Lugouqiao Incident launched by the Japanese army, China entered the stage of the all-round war of resistance against Japan. Some units of the 115th division of the Eighth Route Army went to Shandong and established Anti Japanese base areas. In 1938, 11 year old Lin Hu was taken in by the Eighth Route Army.
Because he was too young, Lin Hu was not incorporated into the combat forces, but became an orderly in the Eighth Route Army. A cadre named him Lin Hu because he was so clever. During the Anti Japanese War, general Lin Hu gradually became a qualified soldier of the Eighth Route Army. After the victory of the Anti Japanese war in 1945, the Eighth Route Army troops went to the northeast. And in the case of extremely limited conditions, the Northeast aviation school was established. Lin Hu was one of the first 10 fighter pilots.
At the founding ceremony in 1949, Lin Hu flew a fighter plane over Tiananmen Square to show Chairman Mao and the people the air defense forces of new China. During the war to resist U.S. aggression and aid Korea, Lin Hu piloted MiG fighters and made many military achievements, shooting down and injuring many U.S. warplanes. In 1985, Lin Hu was nearly appointed deputy commander of the air force. In 1988, after the PLA resumed its military rank, general Lin Hu was awarded the rank of lieutenant general of the air force.
As we all know, the fighters of the Chinese air force are gradually developed on the basis of the Soviet style fighters. Due to the poverty and weakness since the Qing Dynasty, China’s heavy industry foundation is very weak, and it is still unable to design and produce various fighters by itself. After entering the 1950s, China has entered the stage of post-war reconstruction, recovery of production and development and construction. After the implementation of 156 important projects, with the gradual improvement of China’s heavy industry system, China began to imitate and produce various Soviet style fighters.
For example, on the basis of the Soviet MIG 17, MIG 19 and MIG 21 fighters, China has successively localized the J-5, J-6 and J-7 fighters. Since the 1970s and 1980s, these advanced technologies have obviously lagged behind in terms of performance. At that time, the United States successively developed F15 and F16 fighters, followed by the Soviet Union, which discovered MIG 29 and Su 27 fighters. In the early 1990s, after repeatedly weighing the Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, China ordered a large number of Su-27 fighters from Russia.
At that time, lieutenant general Lin Hu was in the delegation. In 1991, after the collapse of the huge Soviet Union, it was divided into more than 10 countries, large and small. Among them, Russia inherited the main family resources of the Soviet Union. Due to the adoption of “shock therapy”, in the 1990s, Russia’s economy was very depressed and had to focus on arms exports. In 1993, at the Dubai international air show, Russia launched the Su 30mk multi-purpose fighter. As the deputy commander of the air force, general Lin Hu was keenly aware of the opportunity.
At that time, the Chinese Air Force lacked multi-purpose fighters and lacked the ability to strike at the ground and sea. If the Su-30 fighter plane is really as good as the Russian propaganda, it can indeed greatly strengthen many problems of our air force and naval aviation. In August, 1997, lieutenant general Lin Hu led a team to visit Russia, the main purpose of which was to investigate the Soviet Union 30mk fighter. Lieutenant general Lin Hu had a unique vision. After a tour, he immediately found something wrong. The Su 30mk fighter in front of him was a “slightly improved version” of the Su 27ubk fighter.
It has to be said that this “slightly improved version” successfully fooled a large country in South Asia and imported 18 aircraft at one go. In order to verify his judgment, lieutenant general Lin Hu requested that he must personally test fly the Su 30mk fighter. Please note that lieutenant general Lin Hu was already 70 years old. On the afternoon of August 24, 1997, lieutenant general Lin Hu flew Su 30mk into the air and successively completed a series of difficult movements in the air, such as somersault, half somersault flip, roll, super low altitude high-speed field pass, Cobra maneuver, etc.
It can be seen that lieutenant general Lin Hu’s sword is not old. After flying around, lieutenant general Lin Hu was convinced that his judgment was correct. The so-called “Su 30mk” fighter is similar to the Su 27ubk in many aspects. Radar and various avionics equipment also have some shortcomings. In the end, lieutenant general Lin Hu rejected the order from the Russian Irkutsk plant.
Subsequently, the Russian Communist Youth City factory was found. In the general environment of the 1990s, the “infidelity” among various aircraft manufacturers in Russia was very serious. Lieutenant general Lin Hu put forward various improvement requirements for the Soviet Union 30mk fighter, and the Russian Gongqing City factory accepted them in order to grab orders. In this way, the Su 30mkk of the Chinese air force and the Su 30mk2 of the Naval Air Force came into being successively. Compared with the original Su 30mk fighter, the performance is more comprehensive and perfect, especially the avionics system has been greatly upgraded.
There are many more stories about the development and construction of the people’s Liberation Army. The author will talk to you slowly in future articles.