Chinese Combat Aircraft Mockups Appear at Marine Corps Auxiliary Airfield in North Carolina | Aviation

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A screenshot from a video by Cpl. Nicholas Cox with the Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools shows what seems to be a PLAAF JJ-7 (J-7 trainer variant) next to J-20 mockup at MCOLF Atlantic. In the box, Google Earth image of MCOLF Atlantic.

We already knew a J-20 mockup was at Bogue Field, North Carolina, since 2019. A new video shows that the full-scale replica was (most probably) moved to MCOLF Atlantic where at least one (possibly two) Fishbed-derivative trainer mockup is based.

As some of our readers may remember, in December 2018, we discovered that a Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon mockup was parked in front of the USAF Air Dominance Center at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia.

A few days later, we also got the confirmation from the Col. Emmanuel Haldopoulos, Commander of the Savannah Air Dominance Center, that the aircraft, was “a full-scale replica and remained at the Air Dominance Center for a short period during the week of 4-6 Dec [2018]. The USMC is funding and directing the training objectives of this device […].

The specific role of the realistic, full-scale mock-up was not completely clarified by official U. S. Marine Corps sources. A statement to Marine Corps Times from Marine Corps Training and Education Command, or TECOM, said the mock-up Chinese aircraft we had spotted was used for visual and sensor training.

The photo of the J-20 mockup in front of the Air Dominance Center we were sent by a reader who wished to remain anonymous in 2018.As this author explained in a detailed report that you can find here:

It’s pretty common for both the U.S. Marine Corps and the USAF and USN to use realistic peer rival aircraft for training purposes or even for realistic aggressive opposing forces training. For instance, in 2018, the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Training Command filed a solicitation for contractors to provide Russian-built Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter, equipped with electronic tracking…

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