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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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RE: sounds familiar
By dgingeri on 4/20/2011 2:00:00 PM , Rating: -1
we can't steal from anybody because we're the only place on the planet where people are free enough to think on their own and actually develop new technologies.

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...

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