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China Trains on its
First Aircraft Carrier

Washington Free Beacon, by Staff

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/15/2012 3:53:32 PM

Photographs released Monday document flight training exercises on China’s first aircraft carrier, the New York Times reports. Chinese navy pilots are using J-15 fighter-bombers to practice a maneuver, “in which the plane makes brief contact with the flight deck before flying on.” (Snip) Chinese-produced Z-8 helicopters have also been practicing take-offs and landings on the carrier. Both aircraft are based on Russian and French designs. Chinese pilots are believed to have been practicing carrier operations on mock flight decks located inland. …

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They should be practicing operations to recover pilots who crash into the sea after failing to land properly or foul up a takeoff and fail to achieve flight speed.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYbob, 10/15/2012 4:02:01 PM     (No. 8935171)

They might be able to leapfrog a lot of practice if they can automate most of the skills required to land at high speed on a 30 foot heaving patch in the middle of a storm, at night, but I wouldn't count on it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Theeo, 10/15/2012 4:12:07 PM     (No. 8935216)

Who knew Russia had Carriers???

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 10/15/2012 4:26:23 PM     (No. 8935263)

Folks: Your tax dollars at work. Our interest payments on debt held by China enable this.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: varkdriver, 10/15/2012 5:17:34 PM     (No. 8935387)

Good luck, China-seamen [so to speak]. Try a few cats and traps during the day on a flat sea. Look at your accident rate. Then try it at night, foul weather, sea state 3 or better.

Good words, OP. An airborne helo or three will reduce your fatality rate...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: CharlyG, 10/15/2012 5:31:52 PM     (No. 8935418)

The "maneuver" is called a touch-n-go. I used to man the portable tower(an old International SUV looking thing full of radios) out by the runway so as not to bother the real tower with all the practice traffic. They practiced it on land before trying it on a ship.
This was back in the seventies at North Island Naval Air Station.

To me, Touch-n-go is fairly self explanatory. Why they needed to explain it as a maneuver is beyond me!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: DustDevil31, 10/15/2012 5:54:10 PM     (No. 8935462)

every design they used has been stolen from US/UK/FSU. but they can build them fast and cheap. fast cheap and good, pick two.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: GO3, 10/15/2012 6:55:52 PM     (No. 8935571)

Hull #2 of the Admiral Kuznetsov class. The Chinese J-15 is their version of the Russian Su-33 Flanker D, which is a proven design for this class of carrier. Don't discount their progress in carrier aviation. We might not have patience, but they do.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mackrand, 10/15/2012 11:38:49 PM     (No. 8936114)

I'm surprised to see this actually. After 80 years of seeing our Aircraft Carriers tooling around the seven seas they finally figured out that maybe they needed to come up to speed?

Looking at blueprints and pictures of carriers are a far cry from building them, manning them, and then deploying them in sufficient numbers to make a difference.

Russia found out that it is easy to start something grand and awesome but another thing entirely to finish the job in style without bankrupting the country. They found out the hard way.

I'm not going to say good luck to them but they are going to need it.

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