Question: Where can a Chinese stealth fighter dump fuel apparently for test purposes? a) At high altitude and away from populated areas to ensure the fuel atomizes before it hits the ground b) Anywhere it darn well pleases The correct answer is b. Thank you for playing.
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Video of J-20 completing fourth flight:It’s been an incredible week to be an aviation journalist. We’ve seen black helicopters, new surveillance aircraft, first flight of the Su-35S, first flight of the Phantom Ray, the F-35 and F-22 in formation and, now, the third and fourth flights of the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter. To top it […]
Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times reports today: Photos of China’s J-20 stealth fighter prototype are all the rage on online military forums, after word emerged that another test flight was completed Sunday when officials in Beijing celebrated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China’s aviation industry. Some of the online footage showed scores of […]
First, some good news: The Global Times quoted a senior Chinese air force officer last week saying the Chengdu J-20 is still a research project and it’s “difficult to say” when the theorized stealth interceptor would be ready for combat.Not-so-good news: The RAND think-tank yesterday published an analysis concluding the J-20 exposes the fundamental problem […]
The Chengdu J-20 first flew on 11 January, but it’s already found itself in the cross-hairs of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)’s munitions directorate. A poster at the AFRL stand at the Air Warfare Symposium today shows a Lockheed Martin F-35 firing a short-range missile at a not-too-distant target (see close-up below), with a […]
It’s been nearly one month since first flight of the Chengdu J-20, but we still know so little about the aircraft. China’s air force — the PLAAF — has remained surprisingly mum on an aircraft they were so willing to flaunt on a Chengu runway for nearly three weeks. We still don’t know if the […]
See more great J-20 coverage by Greg Waldron at Flightglobal’s Asian Skies blog. J-20 take-off roll starts at the 3-minute, 30-second mark of the video below. Expect slow playback performance by the video player. This clip’s quite a hit around the world, apparently.
H/t to Greg Waldron. And more videos!
The English-language Global Times newspaper, which is published by the Chinese Communist Party, has broken China’s media silence on the J-20 program today. The story is headlined “Rumored stealth jet undergoes tests: report“, and is careful to not confirm or deny the J-20′s existence. China also seems to be trying hard to avoid looking provocative. […]