The Chinese military confirmed that it is developing a large transport aircraft.
The announcement comes after blurry photos leaked onto aviation forums on Christmas Eve. The photos were taken at Xian Aircraft Corporation’s airfield. As Danger Room pointed out earlier, the photos show an aircraft that looks a heck of a lot like the U.S. Air Force’s C-17.
Actually, it looks a heck of a lot like an old IL-76, the Soviet clone of our C-141. The fuselage is a little wider. And the engines look somewhat more modern, but not nearly in the same class as the F-117 engines of the C-17. And certainly, having the wingspars pass above the fuselage is reminiscent of older aircraft, and not the C-17.
Just because two aircraft share a couple of common points in their configuration doesn’t mean one is a clone of the other.