Sunday, November 25, 2012
This is coolbert:
This was a minor CNN news item today:
"China lands first jet on aircraft carrier"
"(CNN) -- China announced Sunday that it had landed a fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time, but it may be years before the ship is fully operational."
It is not mentioned if the carrier was steaming or at dock. Take-offs and landings both are greatly aided by the factor of steaming, the warship cruising at thirty knots or so INTO THE WIND a big boost to the warplane again on take-off or landing.
This is the J-15 Chinese warplane adapted for carrier operations.
"The J-15's capabilities are comparable to the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18"
And please do not expect this Chinese aircraft carrier to be cruising off the west coast of the United States. It may take YEARS before the vessel and organic air wing is combat ready for sailing and routine operations as the U.S. Navy has engaged in for over eighty years now!!