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China’s Giant New Warplane Will Look Awfully Familiar to the U.S. Air Force

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In what has become an almost annual Christmas tradition, the Chinese military has released the first blurry photos of a brand-new warplane prototype — in this case, Beijing’s first home-built heavy transport. It closely resembles other aircraft in its class including, most notably, the U.S. Air Force’s workhorse C-17. (www.wired.com) 更多...

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JetMech24
JetMech24 2
Imagine that, a cargo plane that looks like another cargo plane. Amazing!
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Originality... Leave it to the Chinese and Russians. Look at the B29 a number of years ago at the France air show.
JetMech24
JetMech24 2
There are "rules" that need to be followed when designing military cargo planes: 1) Keep the fuselage as close to the ground as possible 2) Since the fuselage sits so low, you need the wings up high, hence high wings 3) Since the wings sit high, you need T-tail configuration to avoid the risk of having unstable air for the tail surfaces 4) Of course it being a cargo plane, and heavy, it needs power to get off the ground, so you get 4 engines.
Keeping to these rules, you get very similar looking aircraft and originality goes out the window.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 2
People don't realize those basics...
JetMech24
JetMech24 2
True, it's always the simple things that get over looked.
andytyler
Andy Tyler 2
I'd hardly call a transport a "warplane"
bcfd29
why develop your own technology when it is SO easy to steal ours? ever see these guys at trade shows? they photograph and measure everything.....
cheshire
Cal Keegan 2
Eh, all military transports for decades have been high wing. If you make one that way you can hardly be accused of stealing. The engines are indigenous and don't appear to be nearly as high-bypass. And going forward from the wingbox the C17's fuselage gets larger while the Y-20 has a clear downward taper.

The two photos really don't look the same to me.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
Of course.... They didn't have to steel it.... They probably were given all the plans.
btweston
btweston 2
It's "steal," and what leads you to believe that they were given all the plans?
kantedu
Edu Kant 0
This news is not a real piece of information!IT is a game for stupid ANONYMS!
KW10001
KW10001 -1
Monkey see, monkey do.

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