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Xi'an Y-20 Kunpeng

Xi'an Y-20 Kunpeng

The Xi'an Y-20 (Chinese: 运-20; pinyin: Yùn-20; literally: 'transport-20') is a large military transport aircraft. The project is being developed by Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation and was officially launched in 2006. The official codename of the aircraft is Kunpeng (Chinese: 鲲鹏), after the mythical bird that can fly for thousands of miles described in the ancient Chinese Taoist classic Zhuangzi. However, within the Chinese aviation industry itself, the aircraft is more commonly known by its nickname Chubby Girl (Chinese: 胖妞), because its wide fuselage in comparison to other Chinese aircraft previously developed in China.

The aircraft was primarily designed and developed in China under Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation. Certain parts of the wing such as the triple-slotted trailing-edge flaps were developed by the Ukrainian Antonov Design Bureau. American sources claim significant portions of American intellectual property were stolen in the development of the aircraft, allegedly through "cyber crimes" executed by PLA soldiers coordinated with an unnamed Chinese expat working in the Canadian aerospace industry. When the Y-20 first met public eye at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in 2014, spectators "noted how similar [the C-17 and Y-20] looked, right down to the design of their tail fins."


It was reported that the Y-20 started ground testing from December 2012, including runway taxi tests. The aircraft made its maiden flight lasting one hour on January 26, 2013. During landing in first flight, it was reported that the Y-20 prototype bounced once before finally settling on runway due to high landing speed. In December 2013, a new Y-20 prototype took to the sky.

On 6 February 2016 the Y-20 was flown for the first time and pictures of the fifth prototype (serial number 788) in flight appeared on Chinese military webpages. Other known prototypes carry identification numbers 781, 783 and 785. On 27 January 2016, former Chinese test pilot Xu Yongling had reported in a Xinhua article that Chinese aviation industry officials had stated that the Y-20 "completed development" at the end of 2015. In June 2016, the first two Xian Y-20 aircraft were delivered to the People's Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF).


Model Scale 1:104

 
 

"Chubby Girl"