The Avic Xian Y-20 Chinese airlifter has taken a step toward full operational capability with its first airdrop of supplies. Announcing the drop, air force spokesperson Sr. Col. Shen Jinke says: “With modern missions in mind, realistic training with the Y-20 is fully underway. Training airdrops and carrying supplies over long distances to high-altitude airfields is progressing steadily.” The Y-20, of 200 metric tons (450,000 lb.) gross weight, first flew in January 2013 and ...

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