J-15 Fighter Jet Lands and Takes Off from China’s First Aircraft Carrier Liaoning

At the end of last September, the New York Times quoted un-named “Chinese and other military experts”  regarding the Liaoning, the first Chinese aircraft carrier to go into service, that “China does not have planes capable of landing on the carrier and so far training for such landings has been carried out on land.”  That is no longer the case, as the Chinese released video over the weekend of a J-15,  Flying Sharkfighter jet landing and taking off on the carrier.  Thanks to Alaric Bond for contributing to the post.

China lands J-15 jet on Liaoning aircraft carrier

China Aircraft Carrier Completes Successful Test

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4 Responses to J-15 Fighter Jet Lands and Takes Off from China’s First Aircraft Carrier Liaoning

  1. Phil says:

    I’m no expert on aircraft carriers, but from the side view of this ship, it looks like you could only land on it from the stern.
    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01968/aircraft-china_1968372b.jpg
    Here is a graphic of what is on-board:
    https://www.scmp.com/sites/default/files/2012/09/25/aircraft_carrier_web.jpeg

  2. Phil says:

    From the site below:

    “[in addition to the new carrier…the Chinese navy possesses about 75 principal surface combatants, like destroyers and frigates, and around 60 submarines…. Its jets don’t yet have the range to operate for extended periods to the outer limits of China’s territorials claims, experts say.”
    http://changelatitudes.blogspot.com/2012/09/chinas-first-aircraft-carrier.html

  3. Rick Spilman says:

    I am definitely not an expert in aircraft carriers but I agree. The carriers without catapults and with ski jump ramps cannot land planes from the bow. That being said, I believe that all carriers, even the modern angled flight deck carriers, only land planes from the stern.

  4. Count D. Peter Boucher, Kt. SMOM, MN (Ret.) says:

    All carrier fixed-wing aircraft land from astern and are brought up by the arrester-wires across the deck. With the close position of those two “greenies” it is likely they would be blasted aside by the force from the engines and the raised blast panel. No doubt some carrier sailors can explain that to us. Generally the video looks contrived for propaganda, however no doubt all too soon the PRC-PLAN will have an active carrier aircraft.
    Good Watch