"11051", the first Y-20 in PLAAF service, is based in Sichuan Province, in the 12th Regiment of the 4th Transport Division. It's expected to be the first in hundreds of Chinese heavy transport aircraft. www.fyjs.cn, via RAJ47 at China Defense Forum
Popular Science: The World's Largest Military Plane In Production Is China's Y-20
200 tons of plane in the sky
On June 15th 2016, the first operational Y-20 heavy transport aircraft entered service into the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). China has now joined the United States and Russia as the only countries which can design and built its own strategic transport aircraft. It's built by the Xian Aircraft Corporation, and apparently has been assigned the call sign "Roc", after the giant mythical bird. In fact, of planes still in production, the 200 ton Y-20 is the world's largest, as it's larger than the Russian Il-76 and the American C-17A Globemaster ended production in 2015.
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