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Public bids farewell to female fighter jet pilot
   2016-11-19 16:51:25    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

A public memorial ceremony is held for female fighter jet pilot Yu Xu in her hometown Chongzhou of southwest China's Sichuan province on November 18, 2016. Yu was killed in a routine training last week. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

Tens of thousands people gathered Friday at a memorial hall in Chongzhou, southwest China's Sichuan province to commemorate the female aerobatic pilot Yu Xu who died in a routine training last week.

Yu's families, friends, comrade-in-arms, faculty of her alma mater and many local residents attended the public memorial ceremony in her hometown.

Yu Xu, China's first female J-10 jet fighter pilot, and one of only four female fighter pilots in China, was killed in a failed parachute jump when her double-seater J-10 jet collided mid-air with another plane somewhere in Yutian County near north China's city of Tangshan.

Born in 1986, Yu was from Chongzhou city in southwest China's Sichuan province. She joined the military in 2005 as a student at the PLA Air Force Aviation University, and first flew a J-10 in July 2012.

Sometimes called the "Golden Peacock" she earned the nickname by performing a peacock dance at the People's Liberation Army's aviation school in 2005, she stunned the audience with her graceful moves and the nickname stuck.

Yu's last public appearance was at the 11th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2016, in Zhuhai city, South China's Guangdong province earlier this month, as part of the Bayi Aerobatic Team.

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