Chinese pilot Li Han was just 27 when the Korean war started, but he was ready to die for his country. Photo: Handout

China’s air force turns 70 with tales of its dare-to-die Korean war pilots

  • For the young, inexperienced fliers of the People’s Volunteer Army, crashing into an enemy plane was always an option, according to unprecedented article by an official military newspaper
  • ‘Almost all of the Chinese pilots in the Korean war were prepared to die,’ retired communications officer says
Topic |   China military

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Chinese pilot Li Han was just 27 when the Korean war started, but he was ready to die for his country. Photo: Handout
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.