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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

China’s Y-20 Air Freighter Makes Maiden Flight

China’s Ministry of National Defense on Saturday confirmed the successful maiden flight of its first domestically developed heavy air freighter, the Y-20.

The four-engine multi-function air freighter supports the Chinese Air Force’s pursuit of adding strategic air power to its capabilities. The Y-20 has a length of 154 feet and a wingspan of 164 feet.

Chinese military officials said the Y-20 — with three crew members onboard — has a maximum payload of 66 metric tons and a maximum takeoff weight of more than 200 tons.

"The successful maiden flight of the Y-20 is important in promoting China’s economic and national defense buildup, as well as improving its emergency response and humanitarian aid abilities," the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

Chinese state-run media are reporting that the Y-20 will continue to undergo experiments and flight tests. More

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