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Know 26 Facts about china’s Xian Y-20 military transport aircraft

Know 26 Facts about china’s Xian Y-20 military transport aircraft

Name -  Xian Y-20 - is a large military transport aircraft

Role - Strategic airlifter

National origin - People Republic of China

Manufacturer - Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation

Primary User - PLA Air Force

The official codename of the aircraft is Kunpeng

Project was launched in year 2006

The Y-20 prototype is powered by four Russian D30 series turbofan engines and the production aircraft will sport the WS-20 engines

Cargo is loaded through a large aft ramp that accommodates rolling stock.

The Y-20 is similar to the Boeing C-17 transport aircraft in general layout

The aircraft made its maiden flight lasting one hour on January 26, 2013.

General characteristics

a)    Crew: 3
b)    Payload: 66 tonnes [10] (145,505 lb)
c)    Length: 47 m (154.2 ft)
d)    Wingspan: 45 m (147.6 ft)
e)    Height: 15 m (49.2 ft)
f)    Wing area: 310 m² (3337 ft²)
g)    Empty weight: 100,000 kg (220,400 lb)
h)    Max. takeoff weight: 220,000 kg (485,000 lb)
i)    Powerplant: 4 × Soloviev D-30KP-2 or WS-18, in the future WS-20 turbofans


a)    Cruise speed: Mach 0.7 (830 km/h)
b)    Range: 4,400 km with max payload (2,376 nmi, 2734 mi)
c)    Service ceiling: 13,000 m (42,700 ft)
d)    Max. wing loading: 710 kg/m² (145 lb/ft²)

Y-20 is 47 meters long, 15 meters high and has a wingspan of 45 meters. Its maximum load capacity is 66 tons and maximum takeoff weight of 220 tons.

Y 20 is domestically developed by china this is great achievement very few countries got this ability to make their own big military aircrafts.

Y-20 can carry out long-range transportation missions even under complicated weather conditions.

China began test flights on January 26 for the prototype of its first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft

Y-20, a craft similar in size to the Russian IL-76 and somewhat smaller
than the US C-17.

Test flight time: around 2:00 pm, January 26, 2013, from an airport in Yanliang, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province

Y-20 is developed by Xi'an Aircraft Industry, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country's leading military aircraft maker.

Chinese media reported that Escorted by a J-15 fighter and numbered “20001,” China’s domestically produced Y-20 transport aircraft successfully completed  its maiden flight on Jan. 26 at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s China Flight Test Establishment in Sha’anxi province, remaining airborne for an hour
The Y-20’s first flight suggests that China is on the way to joining the U.S., Russia and Ukraine as the fourth nation to independently develop and fly a heavy military transport aircraft

Its capacious cargo hold can “carry the vast majority of combat and support vehicles of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA),” including the PLA’s heaviest tank, the 58-ton Type-99A2
It can transport them even to underdeveloped “airstrips”

As per media reports
Y-20 will have to undergo a minimum-three-year-long flight test and a minimum-five-year-long comprehensive test period,” the PLA experts cited on the People’s Daily website state. “Therefore, 2017 is the earliest date by which the PLA Air Force will have home-made large transport aircraft

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China Y-20 Long Range Strategic Heavy-Lift Aircraft First Flight

China Y 20 Military Aircraft Photo

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MEcoy January 29, 2013  

quite interesring

Destination Infinity January 29, 2013  

The Chinese have been surprising the world with many things, recently. I hope India would also design and manufacture more number of complex (not necessarily military) machines.

Destination Infinity