It's happening. Limited flight operations appear to have begun aboard China's new aircraft carrier, Liaoning.
A couple of weeks ago, Killer Apps pointed out that someone made tire skidmarks on the ship's flight deck just before its commissioning ceremony. These new photos from the Chinese Internet (via China Defense Blog) show that those skidmarks were likely been caused by Chinese J-15 fighters doing touch-and-gos on the ship.
While the photos don't show a Shenyang J-15 fighter jet performing an actual landing or takeoff aboard the ship, they do show several of the jets practicing landing approaches to the ship. Other photos show China's Z-9 naval helicopters (a version of France's ancient Super Frelon chopper) conducting flight ops off the deck.
The J-15 is China's version of Russia's Sukhoi Su-33 carrier-based fighter.
Here are the rest of the photos. Enjoy.
John Reed reports on the frontiers of cyber war and the latest in military technology for Killer Apps.