On this page, near the bottom, the aircraft below is identified as a T-34. I'm wondering if that's correct, but before I contact them to point out a possible mislabeling, I'd like to find out what it is or is not.

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UPDATE -- I sent en email to The Catalina Island Conservancy, and they have changed the image to correctly show it as a Nanchang CJ-6.


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Looks like a CJ-6. Popular as an affordable "warbird" type of aircraft, without the rarity.

Various other images of the CJ-6 that seem to match up to what you posted.

  • $\begingroup$ I would go with this answer; that’s no T-34 $\endgroup$ Dec 10, 2018 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ agree. The T-34 doesn't have a cranked wing or knee-type main gear, nor the radial engine or the very long canopy. but the rudder shape is similar... $\endgroup$ Dec 10, 2018 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ Which itself is a Chinese copy of the Soviet Yak-52 $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Dec 10, 2018 at 10:41
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    $\begingroup$ @CarloFelicione "This is not the T-34 you are looking for." $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Dec 10, 2018 at 15:34

It is in fact a Yak-52, Soviet era trainer aircraft. It indeed looks nothing like the T-34.

See Wikipedia for more information

  • $\begingroup$ I thought it was a Yakovlev of some sort at first glance, too. But it's certainly not a Yak-52: they have straight wings but this plane has gull wings. $\endgroup$ Dec 10, 2018 at 10:58

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