The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has released a short film for its annual pilot recruitment campaign featuring the PLA’s new J-20 fighter jet and Y-20 military transport aircraft, Xinhua reports.
The Chinese-made J-20 stealth fighter made its first flight in January 2011 when then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited China. Gates said the J-20 still lagged behind U.S fighters, despite some analysts who said the J-20 could challenge America’s air domination.
“The J-20 can be used to seek air domination. That means we can use the jet to defend our airspace if it is invaded,” said Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo in 2011, adding that the stealth fighter will only be deployed within China’s territory.
The Y-20 military transport aircraft was first shown in public at a biennial air show in November in the city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
The pilot recruitment short film, titled “Heroes’ Sky,” has a length of more than six minutes, showcasing the lives and training of Air Force pilots, including female pilots, with dramatic depictions of their flying stunts. The film has three parts: “The sky needs you,” “The future belongs to you,” and “The nation calls on you.” Read more…
In recent years, the PLA Air Force has emphasised applicants’ educational background during annual pilot recruitment tests and jointly trained its pilots with Peking University, Tsinghua University and Beihang University, among other top schools in China, to ensure pilots get a broader education, he said. The Air Force is setting up training bases in civilian high schools to provide flight training for around 1,000 students aged 14 to 16 each year. It is common in other countries for pilots to accumulate flight experience before joining the air force.