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J-31 first flight

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posted on Nov, 30 2021 @ 08:22 PM
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It's a neat looking plane and a nice complement to the larger J-15 which can carry large missiles such as YJ-12.



posted on Dec, 1 2021 @ 08:08 PM
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posted on Dec, 2 2021 @ 03:43 AM
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a reply to: anzha
Reduced Stealth?



posted on Dec, 2 2021 @ 03:56 PM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

There's actually a published paper (in chinese) about the decision. It was to reduce drag. The designers claim a 10% reduction by the F-35 like change.

A translation of what was posted elsewhere:


By optimizing the position of the canopy and the shock wave compression/expansion flows of the aft fuselage and optimizing air inlet bleeding vector (need better translation), we can attain 10% increase of drag reduction without sacrificing total fuselage volume.



posted on Dec, 3 2021 @ 04:17 AM
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a reply to: anzha
That works too.Ive heard of Radar being to be able to pick up the insides of cockpits so smaller canopies are desirable.



posted on Dec, 3 2021 @ 10:50 AM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

The F-117 had to put a special coating on the canopy, because the pilots helmet reflected more than the airframe.



posted on Dec, 5 2021 @ 11:03 PM
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It is about as big as MiG-29K and much smaller than J-15.
edit on 5-12-2021 by yongpenghuex because: (no reason given)



posted on Dec, 27 2021 @ 03:31 PM
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