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Maiden flight was in January

The military aviation world is abuzz about stealth technology today. America’s F-35 and the F-22 make use of liberal doses of stealth technology in their designs. The U.S., however, isn’t the only country working hard on stealth aircraft.

The newest stealth fighter to make headlines is the Chinese J-20 fighter. Reuters reports that photos of the J-20 making another flight have surfaced. The photos show the J-20 on the ground and then taking off for only its second flight. 

The photos of the J-20's second flight were posted on the People's Daily website in China with the caption reading, "an alleged J-20 prototype prepares to take off." The Chinese Defense Ministry didn’t comment, but the People's Daily is widely known as a mouthpiece for the Chinese government.

The J-20 had its maiden flight in January 2011. That maiden flight came well ahead of what many analysts expected. The J-20 is reportedly a larger aircraft than the F-22 Raptor leading some to believe it is more focused on air and ground attack roles than air superiority like its U.S. rival. The photos have led some analysts to think that China may be further ahead in the development of the aircraft than initially thought.

There was speculation that the J-20 stealth technology may be have been acquired by the Chinese from an American F-117 that crashed in 1999. That F-117 was lost in Serbia and was the first of the aircraft to get hit by enemy fire. There were reports that Chinese agents were moving all around the part of Serbia where the F-117 crashed buying up parts of the aircraft from local farmers.

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sounds familiar
By ChugokuOtaku on 4/20/2011 11:14:11 AM , Rating: 5
There was speculation that the F-117 stealth technology may be have been acquired by the Americans from a UFO that crashed in 1947. That UFO was lost in Roswell and was the first of its kind to crash in America. There were reports that American agents were moving all around the part of Roswell where the UFO crashed buying up parts of the alien craft from local farmers.

RE: sounds familiar
By Brandon Hill on 4/20/2011 11:16:17 AM , Rating: 2
No Will Smith. No Brent Spiner. No Care! ;)

RE: sounds familiar
By christojojo on 4/20/2011 11:17:37 AM , Rating: 2
You are trying to be funny, right?

RE: sounds familiar
By imaheadcase on 4/20/2011 11:32:46 AM , Rating: 4
The Chinese steal technology? Shenanigans i say..

RE: sounds familiar
By judasmachine on 4/20/2011 12:05:04 PM , Rating: 3
Every country that can, steals technology.

RE: sounds familiar
By dgingeri on 4/20/11, Rating: -1
RE: sounds familiar
By StevoLincolnite on 4/20/2011 2:11:10 PM , Rating: 5
The only place? I guess your "world map" only consists of the USA then? Plenty of countries rank highly (Or even higher) when it comes to freedoms.

RE: sounds familiar
By ClownPuncher on 4/20/2011 2:19:35 PM , Rating: 2
You should know better. Can't you see Russia from your back yard?

RE: sounds familiar
By JediJeb on 4/20/2011 2:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
lol maybe he is actually Chinese, they do "say" they have freedoms there.

RE: sounds familiar
By Azethoth on 4/22/2011 2:47:01 AM , Rating: 2
They actually do have freedoms there.

I was in Shanghai in a library a few years back and totally talked to some student via a notepad (he wrote English better than he spoke it). He wanted to know if I voted for W. He totally felt free to chat this way until he got nervous about some characters staring at him and then took off.

Later on I met some guy who used to be an olympic gold medalist. He was told that he was free to run the Chinese olympic comittee back in the 60's but didn't feel like it so they tortured him for many years b4 releasing him. Seemed like a nice guy but kinda reminded me of some WWII vets I met as a kid with shell shock: a bit broken.

RE: sounds familiar
By Netjak on 4/21/2011 7:07:56 AM , Rating: 2
O yeah, like von Braun, early radar and so on...

RE: sounds familiar
By NullSubroutine on 4/20/2011 11:50:54 AM , Rating: 2
What is interesting with these recent FBI releases from the "Vault" seem to indicate that there may be a causal link between a special type of radar may have caused the UFO crash in Roswell, rather than the believed "lightning" as many say.

RE: sounds familiar
By kattanna on 4/20/2011 1:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
i dont believe they had agents buying up the pieces, why would they? we all know they recovered a fully intact craft further afield that wasnt mentioned from the "weather balloon" one we did hear about


RE: sounds familiar
By StevoLincolnite on 4/20/2011 2:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
It was all probably found on Ebay to begin with!

RE: sounds familiar
By Iketh on 4/21/2011 1:48:40 AM , Rating: 1
Being that stealth is basically a ton of mathematical counter-measures to radar, I really don't think we needed to learn it from aliens...

furthermore, I seriously doubt aliens need stealth for radar

RE: sounds familiar
By BernardP on 4/21/2011 11:34:48 AM , Rating: 3
Surprisingly, as explained in the book Skunk Works

The faceted technology used on the F-117 was from a publicly available paper from a Russian researcher.

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