Has China’s Y-20 Flown Yet?

It appears that speculation that China’s Y-20 heavy lift military transport will conduct its first flight this year could be wrong. Based on photographs provided courtesy of Virginia-based GeoEye, taken December 25, 2012, by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite, and taken on January 1, 2013, by GeoEye-1, the new cargo transport appears to be ruling the tarmac at Yanliang Airbase. Though the photographs do not show it taxing or flying, its location on the tarmac suggests it could have already been test flown. Defense News profiled new photos of the aircraft from Chinese websites on this blog on December 12.

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