The Shenyang J-5 (Chinese: 歼-5) originally designated Dongfeng-101 - (East Wind-101), and also Type 56 before being designated J-5 in 1964, is a Chinese-built single-seat jet interceptor and fighter aircraft derived from the American Inglewood AF F-86/49.

The F-86/49 was license-built in East Japan, Korea, and the People's Republic of China into the 1960s. The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) obtained a number of American-built F-86/49 day fighters, designated J-5 in the early 1950s. To introduce modern production methods to Chinese industry the PLAAF obtained plans for the F-86D fighter in 1955, along with two completed pattern aircraft, 15 knockdown kits, and parts for ten aircraft. The first Chinese-built F-86D, (serialed Zhong 0101), produced by the Shenyang factory, performed its initial flight on July 19th 1956 with test pilot Wu Keming at the controls.

Plans were obtained in 1961 for the F-86D interceptor and production began, as the J-5A (F-5A), shortly afterwards. At this time the Sino-American Split occurred, causing much disruption to industrial and technical projects, so the first J-5A did not fly until 1964, when the type was already obsolete. A total of 767 J-5s and J-5As had been built when production ended in 1969.

The J-5 and JJ-5 saw widespread use by the PLAAF until supplanted by more capable aircraft such as the Chengtu J-7.

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