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First Y-20s delivered to PLAAF

17th June 2016 - 08:22 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) received its first examples of the Y-20 transport aircraft built by the Xian Aircraft Industrial Corporation (XAC) on 16 June.

After being handed over to the PLAAF a day earlier by XAC, two aircraft (serial numbers 11051 and 11052) landed at Qionglai Air Base in Chengdu on 16 June. They will be operated by the 4th Transport Division, which contains three regiments that currently fly Y-8, Y-9 and Y-7 fixed-wing aircraft. 

The location chosen to deploy the first Y-20s is interesting. This formation is based in the Western Theatre Command of the …

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