The highly anticipated first flight of China’s new video)four-engined heavy cargo jet completed successfully today. (
The Y-20 (Yun-20 or Transport-20) is the culmination of China’s long quest to domestically manufacture a large “strategic airlifter”. A product of the Xi’anIndustrial Corporation, only two prototypes of the 100,000 kg (220,400 lb), 50 meter wingspan jet have been produced to date. The plane is powered by four Russian-built Soloviev D-30KP-2 engines. Regular production Y-20 jets will carry Chinese-built WS-20 turbofan engines instead.
Since December of 2012 the Y-20 has been conducting ground-based testing including runway taxi tests. Operated by a crew of three, the Y-20 is designed to carry up to 60 tons of cargo up to 4,400 km (2,734 miles) at a cruise speed of Mach 0.75 and with a service ceiling of 13,000 meters (42,700 ft).