The AEG G.IV was a tactical bomber featuring an all metal, welded-tube frame, making it a rugged and strong aircraft but, although easy to fly, it was dogged by very short-range. This example was shipped to Canada as a war trophy in 1919 and is on display at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum. It is significant as not only the single one of it's type extant but of any preserved German, twin-engined combat aircraft from WWI. Note, the engines installed are not original and the museum is actively seeking replacements.
The JH-7 was designed as an anti-shipping fighter-bomber, and interestingly the first examples in the early 1990s used imported Rolls-Royce Spey engines. These were later superseded by locally-built copies known as the WS-9. The comprehensively improved JH-7A entered service with the PLANAF in early 2004, and with the PLAAF by the end of that year. Around 270 of the two versions are thought to have been built.
The result of a joint French-Chinese venture, this would appear to be the first China-built example of the so-called 'super-medium' H-175 helicopter. Whether the jokey-looking registration was intentional is unknown!
With a strange alpha-only registration, this is the latest development of the Y-12 series with wider fuselage, swept tail, new wings, retractable landing gear and more powerful engines. This demonstrator version has been named 'Aircar'. The type gained FAA certification in early 2016.
First flown after designer Bill Lear's death, on 1 January 1981, the Lear Fan was made largely of composites and powered by two PT6 engines driving a single pusher propeller. Perhaps not surprisingly it never entered production.
The new J-20 is China's stealth fifth-generation fighter. Led by 78232, this pair from the Flight Test & Training Brigade (FTTB)/172nd Brigade did not land at Zhuhai, probably operating from their Cangzhou/Cangxian base. The number of J-20s appearing each day varied between two and four, perhaps depending on serviceability.
The Xian Y-20 transport, the largest military aircraft in current production, utilises various modern build techniques including 3D-printing.The Russian engines sound just like the Il-76, not surprisingly as they are same Soloviev D-30s as widely used on the Ilyushin. It is intended to replace them with Chinese ones in due course. First flying in 2013, at least 15 have been built so far. This was one of two Y-20s of the 4th Transport Division/12th Air Regiment based at Chengdu/Qionglai appearing at China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition 2018.
Unfortunately the sun refused to play on the day that I was inside the show, but there's no getting away from what a formidable sight China's huge new flying boat actually presents. Although it appeared at the last China Airshow in 2016, it hadn't yet flown at that time, having been built here at Zhuhai. The first flight did not take place till 24th December 2017 with the initial water-borne take-off and landing trials beginning as recently as 20th October 2018. Large sales are not expected although 17 are on order for the Chinese government. Export hopes rest mainly on firefighting capabilities.
The Xian H-6 bomber is obviously based on the ancient Tu-16 Badger but this latest H-6K is a heavily redesigned version capable of carrying air-launched cruise missiles. From the PLAAF's 8th Bomber Division/24th Air Regiment at Leiyang.
Departing after static display in the China Airshow. This stretched and updated version of the Y-8 (basically an An-12 copy) is operated by the PLAAF's 4th Transport Div/10th Air Regiment at Chengdu/Qionglai.