China’s Giant Bird

Andreas Rupprecht profiles China’s new military transport aircraft, the Xi’an Y-20

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Although aesthetically not as striking as the J-20, the Xi’an Y-20 is – at least for a military transport – quite a handsome design; it is nicknamed the ‘chubby girl’. Following its maiden fight on January 26, 2013, the Y-20 accomplished its fight testing in an astonishingly short time (for a Chinese aircraft) and entered service within the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in June 2016.

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