Saturday, November 24, 2012

First flight of J-15 off Liaoning

It has finally happened. We finally have news confirmation from Xinhua and also have pictures of J-15's first take/off and landing from Xinhua. The news of first landing came a couple of days ago, but this is the first time we have seen the photos.

Here is a timeline of China's naval flanker program just to give you an idea:
  • 2001, Assemble the T-10K-3 prototype that PLAN purchased from Ukraine. Use this for long term technical study.
  • January 2007, AVIC1 and PLAN’s major program (J-15) research work started.
  • July 2007, AVIC1 SAC had a large program tackling meeting
  • January 2008, blueprint work finished, start prototype research & production stage
  • August 31st 2009, J15-0001 had maiden flight
  • May 6th 2010, maiden take-off flight from the simulated jet-ski at CFTE. Continued production of single digit number of prototypes for future testing
  • August 10th, 2011, China’s first aircraft carrier went out for sea trials. J-15-0005/CFTE-554 and J15-0008/CFTE-556 prototypes made numerous fly-overs, low altitude touch and go landing along the way.
  • July 2012, Finished certification test flights, given permission to product single digit number of batch 0 J-15s for initial testing/trials works
  • September 25th, 2012, PLAN first aircraft carrier was named Liaoning and had its first sailing after commissioning in October
  • November 3rd, 2012, J-15S-0001 had maiden flight
  • Early November, 2012, Liaoning had second sailing after commissioning
  • November 20th, 2012, a PLANAF pilot made the first carrier landing trial.
  • November 23rd, 2012, Two PLANAF pilots flying 2 J-15s finished carrier op controlled first official takeoff and landing trials. This marks successful completion of first stage of the Carrier aviation project.


Vincent ElevenThirtyEight said...

What holdback system did the PLAN use when they launched the J-15's? Were the holdback chocks used?

Feng said...

That I really don't know. There is a video of this up on youtube now, you can take a look and see what conclusion to reach.