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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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US is the 'best of the best of the best'
By croc on 4/21/2011 12:00:07 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm... How can 'we' count the ways?

1. US PWNS its citizens, via 'the war on terrorism.
1.a 'Legal' warrant-less wiretapping.
1.b Warrant-less searches at borders, both in and out, of any device that the US deems to be of whatever intelligence value.
1.c Illegal violation of persons rights in re: privacy, irrespective of age, sex, nationality, ethnic origin, etc.

2. US has the same old attitude, 'carry a big stick'. Ignoring the prelude to that statement, (made by Theodore Roosevelt) of 'speak softly'... It should be noted that he probably learned of this philosophical statement from several visits to africa, but whatever... Americans are also prone to plagairism...
2.a US now finds itself in a financial bind, one of its own making, re: trying to (and succeeding so far) out-spend most all other nations combined.
2.b US seems to now employ an 'endless war' concept, whereby in order to justify its military-industrial complex it MUST make and maintain wars on anything and everything that is NOT 'american'.
2.b.a the 'war on terror'.
2.b.b the 'war on drugs'.
2.b.c (speculative) the 'war on poverty', redefined from the JFK - LBJ years to now mean “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Warren Buffet.

Bah. I am tired of this, it is now boring to myself and much of the rest of the world. Some peace and quiet would be welcome, but (just as one cannot expect it from coddled babies) I don't expect to to hear it soon.

By Azethoth on 4/22/2011 2:56:04 AM , Rating: 2
'speak softly but carry a big stick'

Dear Sir / Madam. We ARE speaking softly. It is just that we and our country are so big that it seems extremely loud to you.

PS: Please forward your GPS coords so we can deliver an exciting surprise package to your location!

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