A J-15 Takes Off from the Liaoning

China is embroiled in at least two neighborly disputes: with the Philippines and Vietnam over South China Sea islands and with Japan over islands in the East China Sea. Still, they took time to release this curious, oddly perfect picture of a J-15 taking off from their new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning:

A carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet takes off from the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, in this undated handout photo released November 25, 2012. China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, after its delivery to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on September 25, 2012, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Hand Salute: Mark (Thanks for the tip!)

4 thoughts on “A J-15 Takes Off from the Liaoning”

  1. Viewing the ‘Ski Jump’ takes me back to a Commando carrier deployment when the same was used as an article of pure torture by the Unit’s PTI; Repetition ‘uphill’ sit-ups, (which required an ‘oppo’ to sit on your ankles to avoid you sliding backwards). A wash board stomach remains to this day!

    Perhaps of interest?

    In the 1970s Lt Cdr Doug Taylor RN; invented the ‘Ski-Jump’ ramp for Sea Harrier aircraft, the first land trial ramp proved so effective that sea trials followed immediately. The early trials proved so successful that the Ski-Jump was incorporated into the design of HMS Hermes and the ‘Invincible’ class carriers.

    (Explanation in a nutshell; The upward curving ramp at the forward end of the flight deck ensures that the aircraft is launched on an upward trajectory giving considerable performance gains, including a much greater payload and range, than a corresponding flat deck, short take-off. It also saved the RN a fortune in ‘AVCAT’ fuel).

    Interestingly, (Quote);
    I was always led to believe that two Chiefs from the Fleet Air Arm had come up with the basic concept. They took their idea to their boss who then went off and refined it (by increasing the length & angle of lift); who then submitted it as his own idea and took the Herbert Lott award (as well as the funds allocated with it).

    The chiefs saw this, complained and were eventually awarded something in the region of (approximately) £12000.

    Ladies & Gentlemen…Herbert (Charles) Lott. If you wish to spend a lazy 10 minutes to peruse this wonderful gentleman, please use the link below.


    Yours Aye.

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