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!)
The dragon of the east, China, has started carrier flight operations off the Liaoning. And flying the Su-33 clone, the J-15, was pilot Dai Mingmeng:
Aircraft carrier Liaoning’s first pilot, Dai Mingmeng.
Congrats Dai. That is an accomplishment. Now fly 1000 more. . .