The Shanghai Y-10 - When Communist China copied the Boeing 707

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As many of us have joked about by now, China has a rather storied history of copying and/or reverse-engineering cars made by British, European and American manufacturers. What isn't so well known is that they also did this with planes in the early period of Communist-era China! They started doing this process with military aircraft that were licence-built copies of soviet Russian fighters and bombers, but when China decided it needed a proper commercial jet airliner they decided to go one step further and reverse-engineer one of the first and most successful jet airliners ever, the Boeing 707. This video by Ruairidh MacVeigh explains how they did it and it's a very interesting process indeed!

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  • Interesting... Have you ever seen that video on the Russian Concorde Copy? That's interesting!

      7 months ago
    • The Tu-144? The Soviets made their "Concorde" longer and faster and more like a military jet.

        5 months ago
    • Yeah, but it was horribly unreliable, only flew to Kazakhstan and was so noisy you had to wear ear defenders on it to avoid being deafened!

        5 months ago
  • I'll be honest, they all look the same to me...

      7 months ago
  • I’m not fan of chinese copying everything but Like it or not. Boeing and airbus, their biggest customer is chinese and they are going to loose tons of business to Chinese made air liner. Chinese making their own airplanes to fly in their own country. Nobody can do anything about it.. if I have to guess many surrounding asian countries will buy chinese planes for shorter flights. I am sure cost of planes will be less... So good luck Boeing and airbus...

      7 months ago
  • The COMAC C919, which is China’s first commercial airliner and supposed to enter service this year, is basically a 737 knock-off!

      7 months ago
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