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Posted on 01/26/2013 4:44:59 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off
The prototype of China's first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, takes off from an unidentified airport for its first test flight Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua]
China began test flights Saturday for the prototype of its first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, a craft similar in size to the Russian IL-76 and somewhat smaller than the U.S. C-17.
The plane took off at around 2:00pm from an airport in Yanliang, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, according to CCTV News.
The Y-20 program is part of an effort to develop an indigenous long-range jet-powered heavy transport aircraft, a top priority in China's "Medium- and Long-Term National Science and Technology Development Program (2006-20)" (MLP).
Y-20 is developed by Xian Aircraft Industry, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country's leading military aircraft maker.
Earlier reports said it's able to accommodate most large PLA combat and support vehicles, including the Type 99 series tanks, with a capacity to carry up to 66 tons of goods.
It looks a lot like a C-17 ...
Not a lot of ways to design a high wing cargo aircraft. the C-20 doesn’t have a T-tail, so it isn’t a direct copy of the C-17,
How much of it is alloy vs carbon? The C-17 has carbon wings.
The graphic on the Free Republic article page is probably an early design concept for the aircraft. The 12 photos at the Crienglish article definitely show a “T” tailed cargo aircraft that looks a lot like a C-17 without turbofan engines. (Sort of a C-17/Il-76 blend).
Hopefully the Chinese take the time to thank us and our traitorous companies for walking them through the design process.
I just hate being taken for granted.
Grobemaster, Hercures, or Garaxy?
Many people still refer to the IL-76 as the "C-141-ski."
C-17 still has alum wings, but years ago it did switch to a carbon horizontal tail.
I remember what a big controversy there was prior to mass production, when the carbon fiber wings were being tested. I lived near Charleston AFB, and anything concerning C-17s was always big news. I specifically remember the carbon fiber wings had trouble with some static load tests. At the time, the plane was being touted as containing more carbon fiber than any other aircraft to date. That is my memory....
BO will be standing on a West Coast beach flagging these babies in. Welcome comrades! Our country is yours!
Now Bob , most if not all made a handsome profit on the deal!!!
US Taxpayers, not so much.
The graphic on the Free Republic article page...
Where? I've never seen a page here devoted to graphics.
If it ain’t Boring, I ain’t goring.
See post #3.
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