US Marines Corps reveals it owns the full scale replica of a Chinese stealth fighter that was pictured at a Georgia airbase
The US Marine Corps has confirmed that a mysterious jet spotted at one of its airbases is a replica of a cutting edge Chinese stealth fighter.
The aircraft, that is virtually identical to the Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon, was pictured at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, Georgia, last Wednesday.
The photograph was shared online sparking speculation that a Chinese pilot had defected with the jet or that it was a prop for the latest Top Gun movie.
Now, however, the United States Marine Corps has told the Aviationist that it is a full scale mock used for training.
Col. Emmanuel Haldopoulos, Commander of the Savannah Air Dominance Center, told the website: 'It is a full scale replica and remained at the Air Dominance Center for a short period during the week of 4-6 Dec.
'The USMC is funding and directing the training objectives of this device.'
Although confirming the full scale replica is for training purposes it is unclear whether the jet can actually fly.
Dozens of people on Twitter replied to the Aviationist's tweet of the plane and suggested reasons for it being at the airport.
Some suggested it could be linked to a Viktor Belenko or Kenneth Rowe style defection.
Viktor Belenko, a former Soviet pilot, defected in 1976 while flying his MiG-25 'Foxbat' jet fighter and landed in Hakodate, Japan.
Kenneth H. Rowe, a Korean American engineer and aviator, defected to south Korea in 1953 in a MiG aircraft and was given political asylum by the US.
1953年，朝裔工程师、飞行员肯尼斯H.罗(Kenneth H. Rowe)驾驶米格战机叛逃到韩国，并得到美国的政治庇护。
One person asked if the jet spotted in Georgia could be 'another adversary for Top Gun 2?' and another agreed suggesting it could be 'Maverick's new ride.'
However most of the filming for Tom Cruise's sequel so far has been filmed in Nevada and California.
In September Cruise was spotted in a fighter jet with an F-18 pilot, acting as his body double, from an airbase in northern California.
The two were snapped at an airbase after making an unscheduled landing when the jet saw a 'flap caution' mid-air, reports the Express.
Others questioned whether the stealth jet was a fake from the beginning and tweeted 'looks like a mock up, not the real thing.'
The Aviationist said they were sent the photograph on Wednesday December 5 and were told it was taken from a public parking area.
They checked satellite images and matched the design of the airport to the colour of the roof shown in the background of the picture.
However while trying to get to the bottom of the unusual spot, Chinese Defense expert Andreas Rupprecht, noticed 'that the exhaust nozzles looked inaccurate and the landing gear was different from a real Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon.'
The Savannah Air National Guard base is located at Savannah-Hilton Head airport and it is home to the 165th Airlift Wing which currently flies the C-130H cargo aircraft.
Because of it being close to bases in Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia, the Center can host half of the fifth generation fighter aircraft, including f22s, for exercises, reports Savannahnow.
The J-20, which is also called the Mighty Dragon, was first shown to the public in 2016 at the Zhuhai Air Show.
At the time there were claims that it had been built in part from plans of U.S. warplanes, particularly the F-22 Raptor, obtained by Chinese hackers jailed in the same year.
Beijing firmly denied the theory as it insists that J-20 had been developed and built solely with the Chinese technology.
In November two J-20 fighter jets opened their cargo bay doors and revealed four missiles in its fuselage and one on either side of the aircraft during the grand finale of the Zhuhai Air Show.
According to footage released by China Central Television Station, the J-20 is equipped with four PL-15 mid-range air-to-air missiles and one PL-10 short-range 'combat' missile on either side.
Chinese news site Sohu previously claimed PL-15 was a wing-less missile and 5.7 metres (18.7 feet) long. It was said to boast an impressive range of 400 kilometres (249 miles) and could help PL-15 out-perform F-22.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46664.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Santa Claws, Sydney , Australia, 7 hours ago
China can develop solar energy and we will steal it.
xoldhamer, swansea, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
The Americans showing China that they can copy things too.
WhiteKnight76, Sydney, Australia, 8 hours ago
China will take Hugo Boss and turn it into Hugo Bose. China are the counterfeit Kings!
中国会山寨Hugo Boss（雨果博斯），改成Hugo Bose。中国是造假王!