China’s Second Stealth Fighter Getting Ready for Its First Flight

Just a quick update on China’s stealth fighter program. We’ve all seen the pictures that emerged recently of second J-20 stealth fighter, dubbed 2002, sitting alongside the first J-20, 2001, on the flight line at Chengdu — something that indicates a test flight imminent. Well, here are some pics showing good ole 2002 making a very high-speed taxi run. As you can see, she reached a high enough speed that her nose wheel lifted off the ground and had to use the drogue parachute to come to a halt.

Enjoy.

H/t to David.

18 Comments on "China’s Second Stealth Fighter Getting Ready for Its First Flight"

  1. Minnocent Bystander | May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply

    I wonder. Supposing this jet was built on stolen technology (and it presumably was) What are the odds that the J-20 pilots will suffer Hypoxia?

  2. You gotta point their! What other problems do you think our comrades behind the bambo curtain are having? Ejection seat not working, a broom stick for control, no cup holder? Who knows.

  3. In other news, the family of the test pilot of the new J-20 was executed today because his taxi speed was too high and his nose lifted off the ground. One party official described it as "an assault on everything we know as Chinese people" and added, "when that parachute came out, it was like common sense took over again."

  4. Lets face facts, the J-20 will do what ever it's supposed too. And if it is built off of stolen tech, so what. Remember way back when a russian pilot gift rapped a Mig-25 for the united states. I hope china is stealing tech, because if they aren't, then there is nothing any one can do about their conitnued rapid progress. It would mean that they can produce high tech weapons and what ever else they need with out outside help. Mean while the f-35 is turning into a pipe dream, and the f-22 has pilots scared to fly it.

  5. Those must be Russian engines. Any ideas what model?

  6. Not surprised. Overall this plane is based on MiG 1.44 tech and stealth technology came from a F-117A shot down over Serbia in 1999. SO in the end not surprised they are experimenting with there combination of the two technologies.

  7. Skyepapa, thank you for informing me, and I hope the F-35 is as good as you think. But right about now if I matched it up with an f-16 or F/A18 Super, who do you think will come out on top?

  8. Umm. How big does a fighter get before it is too big to be a fighter?

  9. Ahh, the F-35 JSF, where the "Joint" means it's shit that all the services are gonna have to eat, and shit that all the fanboys love to smoke.

  10. know thy enemy.

  11. Scott Bradley | May 17, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply

    Consider that this is an attempt at a Stealth fighter, not a competitor with the F-22 or the F-35…not yet anyway. They are trying to develop an F-117 like Stealth Fighter here, and based on size it probably will have some bomber capabilities… time will tell.

    As to the delivery of O2 under high speed and altitude (vac) conditions… well, many programs have had to overcome this. I am sure that the AF is trying to define the hypoxia issues and correct them… perhaps this information is what we should be striving to control in our less than secure Military/Industrial complex.

  12. AFAIR Chinese engines still have extremely short life cycle

  13. Maybe the Chinese can send over some of their airplane developers and fix our F-22 oxygen problem? IF, and that is a big IF, they did steal data from us that is being used on their J-20, perhaps they also wound up with all the technical information about what might be causing these oxygen mishaps? Hey, just a thought Right?

  14. chinese all arms is copy by russia&us.china have not capability to make any modern arms.

  15. As general aviation in the United States slides further into apathy China has discovered how useful a network of general aviation facilities. Is the Future of General Aviation in China? http://airsoc.com/articles/view/id/4fa177f5c6f8fa

  16. no bad, i heard the news about the china flighter , that is wonderful.
    i have a strong competitor and it is good for us.
    hope f22 have solved all problems!

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