J-20 Completes First Flight, with pictures and video
China’s new fighter, the stealthy J-20 has now completed its first flight after several weeks of preparations.
Here are the initial pictures from Chinese sites:
Still no word on how long the flight at Chenghdu lasted. It looks like the landing gear remained extended throughout the flight and that it may have been a rather modest outing, but we may get more data on that later. A J-10 served as the escort.
There will be much read into the fact the event happened while U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was visiting China, but the event’s timing may have more to do with weather aligning properly than geopolitics. Still, there is some interesting imagery to it, even if by happenstance.
Rather than rehash all we’ve already said here on Ares, let me refer you to some of Dave Fulghum’s and Bill Sweetman’s earlier work on background on the J-20:
Included in this week’s AW&ST: What China’s Stealth fighter Means