Chinese J-20 Logs First Flight
Jan 11, 2011
By Bradley Perrett email@example.com
The Chinese fighter test aircraft, unofficially called J-20, has completed its first flight.
Photos of the J-20 flying show it remaining in a tight pattern with its undercarriage extended.
A two-seat J-10 fighter acted as chase plane for the J-20 during the flight, which has been awaited since the big fighter began taxi tests at Chengdu in December.
An observer posting reports of proceedings to the Global Times, apparently from the fence at Avic’s Chengdu facility, said the aircraft began moving at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), noting a second later the aircraft was “accelerating” and at 12:50:16 “flying.” The landing was reported 18 minutes later.
The events mean the J-20 (or J-XX since the official designation has not been released) completed its first flight at about 1 p.m. on a date written in Chinese notation as 11.1.11.There may be symbolism to the timing since a Chinese saying “yi fei chong tian” begins with the character for “one” and means something like “charge straight into the sky.”
The flight also occurred during a visit to China by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who says Chinese President Hu Jintao confirmed the first flight to him in talks.
Two passenger aircraft, one a Boeing 737, arrived at the Chengdu facility less than an hour before the J-20’s takeoff, presumably carrying important officials.
It is unclear whether the J-20 is a prototype or only a technology demonstrator.
The stealthy aircraft is not the only program for an advanced combat aircraft underway in China, though. The deputy chief of the air force, He Weirong, said in November 2009 that in 2017-19 China would field a “fourth-generation” fighter, which in China means an aircraft of F-22-like technology. He was not referring to the J-20, however, because a month later a prominent news report in English quoted the air force as saying that the 2017-19 fighter would be an improved J-10.
It is quite possible that the improved J-10 could refer to supercruise capability, since the Chinese navy has said that it needs a supercrusing aircraft.
The Chengdu plant that built the J-20 is part of the Avic combat aircraft division, Avic Defense.
Photo: Chinese Internet
中国的J - 20首次飞行日志
中方战机试验机，非正式称为J - 20，已经完成了首次飞行。
J - 20飞行的照片显示它保持着谨慎姿态，其机腹下部起落架保持展开。
双位J - 10战斗机充当了J - 20飞机在飞行过程中伴飞，期待已久的J-20战斗机于上年十二月开始在成都进行滑行试验。
报道显示J - 20（或J -XX,由于官方还没有正式公布）完成于下午一时左右的收费，在中国的日期“11.1.11.”，可能因为象征意义的时机进行了首次飞行，中国人说：“一飞冲天”，开始于“一”字，意思是“直冲云霄。”
两座客运飞机，一架波音737客机，比以前的J - 20的起飞一小时内到达成飞工厂，客机上大概携带的重要官员。
目前还不清楚是否J - 20是一种原型验证机或只有一个技术展示品。
然而，这种隐形飞机并非是一种在中国军事科技发展中唯一研制的先进作战飞机。空军副参谋长，何伟荣在2009年11月说，在2017-2019中年，中国会生产出一个“第四代”战斗机，这意味着在中国的F - 22类似技术的飞机。但不是指J - 20，因为一个月后，一个突出的中英文新闻报道引述说，在2017-2019战斗机将是一个改进的J - 10空军。
这很可能是改进的J - 10，可以有超巡航能力，因为中国海军已经表示，它需要一个具备超巡航能力的飞机。
生产研制J - 20战斗机的成飞是中航集团下属的一部分。