Did a Chinese J-20 pilot defect to the US??

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Source: Sputnik News and The Aviationist

Literally next to impossible but.......what if?
It would be the biggest Tech heist of the Century. More consequential than that time a soviet pilot defected to Japan with a brand new Mig 25 Foxbat:
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Has China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Been Spotted at a US Airbase? (PHOTO)
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18:31 08.12.2018(updated 18:38 08.12.2018)Get short URL
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A small party of Chengdu J-20 stealth fighters entered into service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force in February, with recent design improvements to its engines expected to allow mass production of the plane to begin before the year is out.
The Aviationist has published a photo of an unidentified combat aircraft which looks strikingly similar to a J-20, claiming the photo was taken at the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport in the US state of Georgia.

The authenticity of the image has yet to be authenticated. US Air Force officials declined to speak to The Aviationist over the alleged image. Chinese authorities, as can be expected, have been similarly silent.
The person who provided the image, who claimed to have taken the photo from the airport's parking lot on the morning of December 5, asked to remain anonymous. However, according to the authoritative military aviation website, cross-referencing the image with satellite photos of airports in the Georgia area seemed to confirm that the mystery 'plane' did appear at the airport in question, with profile images also appearing to match objects at the airport such as roof color and texture with those in the photo.

"Mystery fighter plane at the Savannah airport. Photos by theaviationist.com"
The Aviationist also scoured the internet for any similar images using image search applications, finding zero matches.
The website's source said that by Thursday at noon, the mysterious aircraft, be it a mockup, movie prop, or Photoshopped image, was no longer visible at the location it was said to have been photographed.
One possibility, according to the resource, was that the 'J-20' was actually a US-built mockup or full-scale training model. "Differences between confirmed photos of J-20s and what appears in this photo do show small discrepancies in the shape of the canopy and in the afterburner nozzles on the two jet engines," the website noted.
Another, more obscure possibility was that the 'plane was just a prop for a Top Gun sequel," although as The Aviationist pointed out, filming for that movie "is not happening anywhere near Georgia."
The image prompted all hell to break loose on The Aviationist's Twitter feed, with users coming up with a variety of explanations for what this J-20 lookalike was doing at an airport in the US. As always, some explanations were more serious than others.

Here's the alleged photo in the US airbase:

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Here's a J-20 taxiing in Chengdu and another flying at the recent Zhuhai airshow. You be the judge:
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I dont think its comparable. At the time of Balenko, US and Soviet fighter aircraft technology was roughly the same. Infact, the US was slightly ahead given their F15 fighter which was a completely revolutionary fighter and incorporated lessons learnt by the US during the korean war.

The j20 was basically built off of US technology. So its like the US reverse engineering their own tech
 
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I dont think its comparable. At the time of Balenko, US and Soviet fighter aircraft technology was roughly the same. Infact, the US was slightly ahead given their F15 fighter which was a completely revolutionary fighter and incorporated lessons learnt by the US during the korean war.

The j20 was basically built off of US technology. So its like the US reverse engineering their own tech
Hehehe your assessment is correct but I don't think the US would ever find a need to reverse engineer a Chinese aircraft (copied/stolen tech or not). This would be more of a political coup. A glorified geopolitical middle finger to be precise.
 
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