Report: China stealth fighter makes second test flight
China's J-20 stealth fighter appears on a runway in Chengdu in January.
April 19th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Report: China stealth fighter makes second test flight

China has had a second test flight of its J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to a report from the government-owned newspaper Global Times.

Under the headline "Mystery jet 'flies' again," the paper cited witness accounts that the jet flew Sunday in Chengdu as part of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of China's aviation industry.

The flight lasted almost an hour and a half, an unnamed witness told Global Times.

"The J-20 made several passes and waggled its wings (rolling the plane first to one side then to the other) to salute the crowd near the airfield," Global Times quotes the witness as saying.

The J-20 "has been touted as a potential challenger to the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor, the world's only fifth-generation fighter jet," Global Times said.

The J-20 made its first flight in January as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was visiting China.

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  1. john kizirian

    why build more of these hugely expensive machines when you could have 1000 remotely piloted vehicles with advanced capabilities for the same amount of money? what about trained pilots, you say? millions of young people are highly skilled at video games, not much difference between flight simulator game and real flying. just sayin' that's all.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brasil1958

    THis aircraft is actually a ruse to get the US Military Industrial Complex to build more useless Raptor's like the US did to bankrupt Russia during the cold war. The J-20 is too large a craft (similar in size to the F-111) for agility etc needed in today's aerial combat. Perhaps it could be a long range bombing system. No need for concern.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |

    It's about tme we got some good news for a change. Maybe the right-wing thugs in Washington will think twice about starting another useless war. It may be wishful thinking but one can hope.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. AmmoPapa

    Yes, it has a lot of F-22 in it but also a lot of F-117... The Stealth Fighter that crashed in Kosovo over a decade ago... we failed to bomb the wreckage. Who do you think were the first people in there paying off the farmers for the parts... the Chinese. We obviously learned our lesson with the F-15 lost in Libya recently.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      The Chinese are notorious for buying technology and *trying* to reverse engineer it. Just ask them how that's going on the aircraft carrier they bought "to turn into a casion boat" that they still haven't figured out how to completely retrofit yet. They would have been better off just buying the technology outright... I'm sure former soviet states (cough, ukraine, cough) would be more than happy to sell it.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Al Beritebak

    How can they do this? There was no stealth fighter in Top Gun, so where will they get the footage?

    April 19, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • B27607

      they only show the enemy plane blowing up

      April 19, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. deforge

    oooo. maybe they'll use the footage from Stealth (2005) this time.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. AwakeningDragon

    J-20 is made possible due to all investment and outsourcing dedication from US companies into China.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Virtus_Probi

    Don't just write the Chinese military off lightly, I would guess that this plane is the real deal. But, they are one generation behind us, and the US is working quietly on unmanned planes that won't be limited by human susceptibility to high g forces, will be lighter and have greater range due to not having to carry a human, and won't result in the loss of a very valuable trained pilot when shot down.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • d dame

      And ... training will be dirt cheap in comparison to manned planes ... just run the simulator.

      Service life will be greatly expanded too, since most training won't require the planes to leave the ground.

      Biggest problem will be ramping up maintenance personnel from training/ready mode (low) to the capacity needed for combat operations (intense).

      April 19, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. AGizzle

    Why are there numbers in English on the front of the plane?

    April 19, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Jokingly I would say because the entire project is a propaganda piece directed at the US and other western allies. If I had to put forward a serious guess I would say they are easier to recognize at a distnace but that's probably my own bias.

      April 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Ok – let it be a challenger to the F-22. The DoD has already suspended the F-22 program and replaced it with the F-35. They are still one behind.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • dogg

      The F35 is only superior to the F22 in some of it's avionics. In a fight, the F22 wins every time.

      April 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barney

    Here's the thing. We've had stealth technology for a much, much longer time. Know what that means? We also have had the means to detect stealth for a long, long time. We certainly have been studying ways to track stealth aircraft ever since we made the first one. Too little too late. We're ahead of the game by far.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Billy

    Since this looks similar to F-22, Military Espionage is totally ON. How come we never hear about tracking the folks who spy for China (or sell our secrets)???

    April 19, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Christianity's biggest contribution

    Christianity contributed the most to China's success – Intelligent design & moral BS.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Willie12345

    I bet we gave the Chinese this technology as part of our loan agreement. Obama is one tough negotiator.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie the BS

      You gave Obama too much credit for something that would take more than 5 years to build. I'm sure you meant when he was a senator.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • aardman

      Nope, this falls more within the time frame of the previous president. So I blame Dubya.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. I don't buy into all this right-wing propaganda about the Chinese buying their technology from us. That's tantamount to calling the F.B.I. incompetent which I find to be quite dubious. The Chinese,like everybody else had to develop their technology from scratch!

      April 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. skidder

    People keep blasting "Made In China". The harsh reality is we did it to ourselves. We complain about the cost. We complain about low wages. We complain about the work. They gave us what we asked for.....products we want, at a price we're willing to pay, and to meet that need, they had to have the work performed in China because American laborers would want way too much for the work.
    Let's not forget that as long as people keep buying it, they'll keep producing it. If you think you're "Made In America", try going through you house and throwing out anything not made here. Odds are you'll find yourself sitting in an empty room staring at blank walls....unless you throw out materials not made in the USA, in which case the situation will be far worse.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • broker200

      You're right. Americans should wake up and accept slave wages and work themselves to death to compete with countries like China.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      We should not accept slave wages... we should import products from countries that were not made by people earning slave wages. But we are not willing to give up the minial cost of labor in the product to do that.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric Cartman

      The Chinese currency is kept artificially low. If the yuan is allowed to appreciate freely then products made in china will get very expensive. When the prices equal then we can see manufacturing move back. But the sad part is the consumer has to pay higher prices or manufacturing has to be moved to a country where wages are lower (another third world country). If the Chinese Govt collapses you will see rapid rise in prices which may cause a global trade imbalance. The Chinese Govt is a slave driver we just have to wait for a slave rebellion. When that happens then we can see the free market take over. There's my 2 cents worth

      April 19, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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