The high-mounted wings have a straight leading edge and forward-tapered trailing edge with blunt tips. Two turbojets are mounted beneath the wings in pods. Pods extend beyond wings’ leading and trailing edges. The fuselage is tubular and cigar-shaped tapering to the rear with a rounded, glassed-in nose and bubble canopy. The tail fin is swept-back and tapered with a blunt tip. Flats are low-mounted on the fin, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips. A glassed-in tail gunner compartment is to the rear of the tail.
The reports of the demise of the H-5 seem somewhat exagerated. It was asserted without citation in 1995 that the H-5 had been withdrawn from service, but the continued presence of the H-5 in the PLAAF inventory is widely attested by subsequent sources.
|Country||People's Republic of China (PRC)|
|Similar Aircraft||Canberra, Yak-28 Brewer|
|Wing Span||70 ft, 5 in (21.5 m)|
|Length||57 ft, 11 in (17.6 m)|
|Cruise range||1175 nm|
|Internal Fuel||6400 kg|
|Drop Tanks||Wingtip tank 266kg of fuel for 24nm range|
|Users||Egypt, North Korea (H-5), People’s Republic of China (H-5).|