Been glued to Twitter and Chinese web sites all afternoon for news of the J-20's first flight.
Now, however, I'm getting tweets that the VIPs who assembled
for a function at the
Inany case, the way the J-20 news emerged, through plane spotters' postings on the Internet, could suggest that
There are two possible reasons for the easy access the world is getting to the J-20. Either A) the country is trying to be more open, or B) they are trying to send a message.
For my part I'm inclined to option B. Openness is not about showing what kit you have, but telling people what your plans are, offering reassurance about your intentions, and generally being a considerate neighbour.
Anyway, the debuts of the J-10 and J-20 (if such this new aircraft really is) offer a fascinating and somewhat perplexing contrast. I look forward to plenty of debate in the coming weeks with my colleagues at Flight and friends in the defence industry about why