There are many shades of grey military aircraft out there. And these greys are quite common. It makes more categorical sense to call the H6 white because it is way more distinctly light than typical light grey aircraft. Plus language is the most effective as it gets simpler and more efficient. So rather than say light-grey it is faster to say or type white.
So yeah. I suppose it is technically a very light grey. Take a bow. And there has to be a point where a certain shade brings a color from grey to white. But I am going to keep calling it white because it makes the most sense to call it white. And if your kids soccer ball rolled underneath a parked H6, and your kid asked you where his ball went, you'd probably say, under the *white* jet over there.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one:
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods:
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
These J10's are light grey.
Last edited by KGB; 10th March 2017 at 16:34.
Discussion for the sake of discussion...
In both cases, what's under the color is much more interesting .
Some rumors flying around in Chinese language fora. According to the translations, initially they thought the J-11D has been cancelled. But now it seems it is not cancelled but delayed to 2018 or may 2019. Looks like the 24x Su-35 are not the end of the story. According to one speculation the number might increase to 96!!! In-terms of new fighters of the PLAAF, J-20 is strictly to deal with the F-22/F-35 type threats. Su-35 is the heavy multirole fighter encompassing many areas for the PLAAF. J-16 for attack and growler type roles. The J-10C will be the main medium fighter. There is an active J-10D project. J-11B will be getting AESA and other avionic upgrades.
So the immediate future of the PLAAF in terms of new fighters is going to be - J-20, Su-35, J-16, J-10B/10C
I think in the old days the only white military aircraft were blinding "anti-flash white". Anything a shade darker is "air superiority gray".
You guys realise that colours do not actually exist, right?
Last edited by Rii; 11th March 2017 at 07:58.
J-16 serials: 78x7x - http://chinese-military-aviation.blo...raft.html#J-16
J-10B serials: 78x1x, 10x3x, 3xx0x, 30x2x, 78x7x? - http://chinese-military-aviation.blo...-ii.html#J-10B
J-10C seriels: 78x1x? 78x7x? 5xx5x? - http://chinese-military-aviation.blo...-ii.html#J-10C
56 J-10B since 2014, and likely similar number of J-10C. Below are J-10C with factory numbers (2-49 and 2-5x) right out of the oven.
About 24 (1 regiment?) of J-16 have been built and the 2nd batch is now incoming. Factory number 2-07 had been spotted.
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I think one regiment's worth of J-16 has been "in service" for at least a year, with second batch production occurring over the last few months/to now probably. All J-10Bs I imagine should have been in service starting from 2015 to 2016, and J-10Cs entering service probably from late 2016 to now.
Last edited by Blitzo; 11th March 2017 at 04:43.
If we're counting all phased array fighters that are currently flying, I think J-16D, J-11D, and potentially J-15A and J-15D would be counted as well.
Entry in service means different thing in eastern and western practise, given that we doesn't know much about Chinese procedures, any of such announcements have to be taken with two grains of salt.
They often mix one nomenclature with other also, see the case of LRIP J-20 that sorted out being a gross equivalent to russian state trials prototypes...
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