[Updated] Photo: Second China’s J-20 stealth fighter prototype (almost) makes maiden flight

May 14 2012 - Leave a Comment

On May 14, 2012, the second prototype of the J-20 Mighty Dragon, serialled “2002”, performed a high-speed taxi at Chengdu.

Once again the images of the first flight were immediately available on the Chinese Internet and the news of the second prototype’s first flight spread across the world.

However, according to some sources, the aircraft did not take off: it performed a high-speed taxi, raised the nose and then deployed the drag chute to reduce speed. It’s a particular kind of test Chinese have performed with the first prototype too.

As explained in an article published few days ago the aircraft coded “2002″ has a slightly different nose section than the first prototype, coded “2001″.

Image credit: Chinese Internet /HobbyShangai