China's first heavy transporter takes off

2013-01-27 03:27:48 GMT2013-01-27 11:27:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China’s first domestically-developed heavy transport aircraft, the Y-20, has successfully taken off for its first test flight.

As a large and multi-role transport aircraft, the Y-20 can carry out long-range transportation missions even under complicated weather conditions. The Y-20 was developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industry, a subsidiary of China’s leading military aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

The successful test flight is a significant boost to China’s capabilities in national defense, rescue and relief work, and humanitarian aid. Reports say more tests are planned.


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