A recent Viewpoint discusses the Comac C919 and highlights how China's entry into aviation began six years after the Wright Brothers, when Feng Ru flew the first aircraft design by the Chinese (AW&ST Jan. 13, p. 50). Photographs of this craft show it to be a close variant of existing aircraft of the day—a pusher-powered biplane with tricycle gear and “Four Starting wheels.” I'm not sure what this was, but certainly it was meant to be an improvement over the models of the day. It ...


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