Been glued to Twitter and Chinese web sites all afternoonfor news of the J-20′s first flight.
Now, however, I’m getting tweets that the VIPs who assembledfor 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 worldis 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 aboutshowing what kit you have, but telling people what your plans are, offeringreassurance about your intentions, and generally being a considerate neighbour.
Anyway, the debuts of the J-10 and J-20 (if such this newaircraft really is) offer a fascinating and somewhat perplexing contrast. Ilook forward to plenty of debate in the coming weeks with my colleagues atFlight and friends in the defence industry about why