PHOTOS ON INTERNET SHOW SECOND CHINESE STEALTH FIGHTER PROTOTYPE UNDERGOING FLIGHT TESTS

Washington Times on November 1, 2012, published an AP report that aviation experts say China’s second model of prototype stealth fighter has undergone a test flight. Excerpts below:

Photos posted to the Internet Thursday showed the radar-avoiding aircraft airborne near the northeastern city of Shenyang with its landing gear still down.

Ross Babbage of Australia’s Kokoda Foundation and Greg Waldron of Fliightglobal magazine in Singapore said the plane known as the J-31 appeared to be a smaller version of the J-20 prototype that was tested last year in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

The experts said both planes feature stealth design features, but their true capabilities in terms of sensors, radar-absorbing coatings, and other key factors remain unknown.

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