UPDATE! NEW PICTURES-
It is simply amazing just how fast this machine went from unknown, to acknowledged, to flying. I believe that you will see a much higher paced test regime and evaluation process with this aircraft than its larger counterpart, the J-20. Why so? Because I truly believe that this aircraft will be China’s attempt at a “breakout” product on the international jet fighter market. Further, this machine, like its more capable F-35 doppelganger, will be be built in large quantities and very well migrate into a carrier variant.
So now it appears that we have the missing piece in China’s response to America’s F-35 – F-22 team. It really is an amazing accomplishment for a country that 15 years ago was viewed to have been in the aerospace dark ages compared to the West. Let’s just hope that a bat winged long range bomber does not show up next in some grainy photos with goofy watermarks…
Make sure to read my initial detailed analysis on the J-21/J-31/F-60 in full at the following link: