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China unveils new light aircraft N5B
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The N5B aircraft, a new type of agriculture and forest aircraft, takes its maiden flight on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. [jxcn.cn]

The launching ceremony for China's newly developed agriculture and forest aircraft N5B was held in Nanchang city of Jiangxi province on Wednesday.

This light aircraft developed by Jiangxi Hongdu Aviation Industry Group took a ten-minute flight during the ceremony. The aircraft serves as another example of China successfully developing aircrafts by relying on its own technology.

Earlier, the same group developed China's new-generation supersonic trainer aircraft with state-of-the-art turbines and a full authority digital engine control. The L15-03 trainer plane had its successful maiden flight in May.

From the start of the research and designing work for the N5B aircraft in September 2005 to the final delivery of the aircraft on April 18 this year, 34 ground experiments were conducted, showing good results.

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