posted on Dec, 26 2012 @ 01:50 PM
reply to post by zedVSzardoz
I recall that during my teens the latest Chinese prototypes revealed by Flight International were the Y-10, a transport copied from the 707 that was
abysmal and only one was ever built, and the Shenyang Fantan, a remodelled MiG 19 that was deployed as a rather feeble tactical attack aircraft.
At the time the MiG 19 was long obsolete and the 707 had ended production years before with the 757 and 767 in development. Chinas main defence
fighter in full production was still a slightly modified variant of the MiG 21 version that Russia stopped building in 1960.
Now they are at a point where they are copying current production aircraft, including drones, and in the case of their F-35 clone, planes we don't
really have yet (fantasy triangles notwithstanding).
Once they HAVE fully caught up it will be interesting to see where they go next, and a little scary.