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Chinese fighters practice landing on "Liaoning" aircraft carrier

2012-10-15 09:39:58 GMT2012-10-15 17:39:58(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The J-15 carrier-based fighter.

J-15 carrier-based fighter.

The aircraft carrier "Liaoning" and the J-15 carrier-based fighter.

The night view of the aircraft carrier "Liaoning."

The carrier deck.

By Zhao Wei, Sina English

Carrier-based fighters, including two J-15s, were photographed practicing “touch-and-go” landing on China’s first aircraft carrier "Liaoning".  

The "touch and go landing" is a maneuver that involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop. The move is used to train pilots to deal with emergency situations while in flight and improve their ability to land safely on the carrier deck, which is a must to pilots based on a carrier.

According to military experts, an aircraft carrier has a number of complex systems that require both team work and individual piloting skills in order to achieve a complete success. The "Liaoning" will continue to undergo further trainings.

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