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Delhi residents to aid in bird strike prevention

Aviation fans everywhere await the cool displaysat the upcoming Aero India show (9-13 February), but Delhiresidents are set to get a nice prequel on 26 January, when Indiacelebrates Republic Day.The aerial component of the planned parade will includeJaguars, Mig-29s, Su-30MKIs, helicopters, and transport planes. A verticalclimb by an Su-30MKI will mark the parade’s end.   […]

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Back in Black: more cool J-20 images

Following the J-20′s dramatic appearance a few weeks ago more images and movies have emerged on China’s Internet. A new video shows the aircraft apparently being towed. Security seems incredibly lax in this one as the avgeeks make little effort to hide their faces. It looks like they’ve found a great spot for a bit […]

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J-20 maiden flight: I’m a believer

During lunch today China‘s aviation enthusiasts wentcrazy with reports of the Chengdu J-20′s first flight. Preparations had been taking place allmorning: chairs set out for VIPs, tea served, and extra tight security aroundthe airfield perimeter. A quick check revealed that in Chinese astrologicalterms today is good day for big things: signing contracts, moving house,commencing renovations, […]

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J-20 blues: no first flight today, apparently

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 Chengdufactory are heading back, with no sign of the new aircraft taking off. Notentirely surprised: the Chinese calendar today says it is a horrible day […]

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J-20 first flight today? Tension mounts.

Bleachers have gone up at Chengdu‘s No. 132 aircraft plant, red carpetshave been un-rolled, and porta-potties delivered. Given the Chengdu J-20 cat is out of the bag, thanks toavgeeks with camera phones, perhaps the official announcement comes today. Or,dare we say, a first flight? Reports say the plane is out of the hanger andwarming up. […]

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IAF Shock and Awe

During my recent visit to India the Air Force was kind enoughto pass me a superb video of the IAF’s Vayu Shakti live fire demonstration inFebruary 2010. It provides some nice footage of Migs, particularly the Mig-21and Mig-27, Su-30MKIs, Jaguars (with one firing its cannon), and Mi-35helicopter gunships. Though all the jets fly fast and […]

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