Xian Y-20

Xian Y-20 “Kunpeng” (named after a large bird from Chinese mythology) refers to a military transport developed by Xi’an Aircraft primarily for the People’s Republic of China Air Force (PLAAF). In the Chinese aviation industry, the Transporter is also colloquially known as the “Chubby Girl” due to its wide fuselage.

The official maiden flight took place on January 26, 2013. The aircraft was presented to the general public for the first time at the “Zhuhai Air Show” in November 2014.

The Xian Y-20 is a shoulder-wing T-tail aircraft and is one of the largest military transport aircraft. Four Solovyov D-30KP-2 turbofan engines are mounted under the wings.

The long-range heavy transport aircraft is intended to be capable of military missions, disaster support and humanitarian assistance in all weather conditions.

According to its own specifications, the maximum take-off weight is 179 tons and the maximum payload is 55 tons. On June 17, 2016, the PLAAF officially commissioned the first two Y-20s with the markings “11051” and “11052” at the 12th Regiment of the 4th Transport Division in Chengdu, Qionglai.

The ceremonial handover of the first batch of transport aircraft to the Air Force (PLAAF) took place in Chengdu on July 6, 2016.

On April 9, 2022, six Y-20 aircraft landed for the first time in Europe at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade.

At AIRPOWER22, a Xian Y-20 will be on static display. for the first time in Europe will be on static display.

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Xian Y-20

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