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