When pictures circulated yesterday showing China’s “secret” stealth jet taking flight, there was speculation the photos could be fake. Not anymore. Aside from Chinese President Hu Jintao’s confirmation to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the J-20 has indeed conducted its first test flight, video of the maiden voyage has surfaced as well.
We’ve posted a longer cut of the video here, complete with all the taxiing, standing around, and escort jet-launching that accompanies a test flight. Look for the J-20’s takeoff sequence to begin at the three minute mark.