A Chinese-made military transport plane, said to be a low-price competitor to the Boeing C-17, made a test flight with a 'record number of passengers'.
The passengers were all members of an Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) Y-20 development group, state-owned Global Times reported today without mentioning the number of 'passengers' or for what reason the feat is called a record.
The success of this flight demonstrated the performance, safety and stability of the Y-20 in the first test flight of this kind, which will boost customer confidence in the aircraft, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China's (AVIC) First Aircraft Institute announced on Saturday on its WeChat account.
The AVIC-developed plane looks similar to the Boeing C-17 which many US observers claim that it a copy of Boeing's highly successful C-17 heavy lift cargo plane. The Y-20 aircraft officially went into full service with the Chinese air force in July 2016.
The Y-20 aircraft measures 44m to 47m in length and 18m-high, and has a wingspan of 50m. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is approximately 220t and the maximum payload carrying capacity is 66t.
The power plant of the Y-20 prototypes integrates four D-30KP-2 turbofan engines, whereas the production aircraft is equipped with WS-20 engines. The aircraft is equipped with a retractable landing gear comprising two main landing gear units and a nose unit. The steerable nose gear includes a standard twin-wheel leg unit. The landing gear allows take-offs and landings on rough airfields or unpaved runways.
Chinese scientists are reportedly developing a new solid fuel rocket which could be launched from countrys first domestically made jumbo air freighter, the Yun-20. According to experts at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT), they are developing a new solid fuel rocket which could be launched by the Yun-20 in flight, sending a 100-kg load into near-earth orbit,
China is developing a civil variant of its Y-20 heavy strategic transport aircraft, the Y-20F-100, to boost its civilian sector. Designers at the Aviation Industry Corp of China are doing preliminary research on the Y-20F-100 and they will redesign the airframe and cargo loading system, China Daily reports citing a statement issued by the State-owned defense technology giant
China is likely to develop a new-generation airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the locally-made Y-20 multi-purpose transport plane inducted into the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force earlier this year. "It is indeed possible that China will modify the AEW&C aircraft based on Y-20, which conforms to the laws on technical development of AEW&C aircraft around the world," Military expert Wang Mingliang said in an interview with the People's Daily Online
China has plans to market its Y-20 military transport and J-31 Stealth fighter at Zhuhai Air Show which opens on Nov one. The Aviation Industry Corp
China has begun operating at least five domestically-developed heavy transport aircraft, the Y-20 in West China recently, Global Times reports citing experts from news portal guancha.cn on Wednesday
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