Lu Xiangxiao, an astronaut in the first Chinese training group of 1971-1972, was later commander of the Air Force Third Aviation Squadron, and finally Deputy Chief of Staff for the Seventh Armed Force. On 3 January 1966 Lu, flying a MiG-17, shot down a high-altitude American AQM-34 drone. He was one of several astronauts with combat experience against American aircraft invading Chinese airspace during the Vietnam War. He was a PLAAF squadron commander when selected.
Birth Place: Changde, Hunan.