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  (Source: CHINA DEFENSE BLOG)
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: I call BS
By Reclaimer77 on 4/20/2011 7:01:41 PM , Rating: 0
China get's their tech from stealing it and from backroom deals that Bill Clinton made with them. I doubt they learned anything from a crashed plane that they didn't already know.

But yes, it appears in this case some boneheads in Washington decided a few farmers dying from us scuttling the thing is more important than our place in the free world.

Probably not a big deal. China can't make a flashlight that works without giving people lead poisoning, I doubt their "stealth" technology is anything to fear.


RE: I call BS
By oirin on 4/21/2011 6:16:49 AM , Rating: 2
Stealth tech is not overly sophisticated and was actually copied by the US from Soviet models. If you're not learning from your foe or others these days, you're a fool. Mattel-designed lead toys is another story.


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