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greatly ridiculed or pooh-poohed by western experts in the US and UK as well as by numerous observers in India, Japan and Australia who before the flight regarded it as a largely useless or non-functional PLA copycat stealth concept. After the J-20 had completed several beautiful demonstration flights, the western derision turned into vicious spite as many American and British analysts and their lapdog media were hollering that the J-20 was produced using copied material from a downed US stealth fighter and also from MiG or Russian blueprints. Far from being a useless or non-functional concept, the J-20 was a brilliant design from Chengdu. The J-20 sported a pair of front wings or canards that provided lift 1.5 to 1.8 times greater than an equivalent design without such wings even when only using normal engine thrust. In its test flights, the J-20 showed that it could leap into the air after a very short taxiing run. The J-20 design was never copied from anybody as earlier during the 1970s China had produced the J-9 (pictured on the left) project in which the J-9 plane’s appearance or shape is so very uncannily similar to that of the J-20 (unfortunately, the highly visionary J-9 project was terminated in 1980). The chief test pilot of the J-20 project had also confirmed to the press that the J-20 was a masterpiece of home-grown innovation and the PLA had no need to copy from anyone least of all from the wicked Goebellian elements. The J-20 easily takes to the air without a need for huge wings despite its big size.