Maiden test flight for China's military transport aircraft, the Y-20

On the 26th of January China unveiled its long awaited military transport aircraft the Y-20. The Y-20 remained in the air for one hour as the pilots and engineers carried out testing protocols.

The Y-20’s first flight suggests that China is on the way to joining the U.S., Russia and Ukraine as the fourth nation to independently develop and fly a heavy military transport aircraft.

General characteristics

Crew: 3
Payload: 66 tonnes[10] (145,505 lb)
Length: 47 m[11] (154.2 ft)
Wingspan: 50 m[11] (164 ft)
Height: 15 m (49.2 ft)
Wing area: 310 m² (3337 ft²)
Empty weight: 100,000 kg (220,400 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 220,000 kg (485,000 lb)
Powerplant: 4 × Soloviev D-30KP-2 or WS-18, in the future WS-20 turbofans
Cruise speed: Mach 0.75 (918 km/h)
Range: 4,500 km with max payload (2,430 nmi, 2796 mi)