2014 is an unlucky number for the J-20: defense expert

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The reason China did not assign the serial number 2014 to one of its six J-20 prototypes is because four is considered an unlucky number from the perspective of traditional Chinese culture, reports American military expert Richard D Fisher Jr in London-based Jane’s Defence Weekly on Jan. 6.

By allowing the public to know the existence of its two additional J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters in November and December of 2014, the ambition of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force to put the aircraft into operation between 2017 and 2018 was revealed. Among those six aircraft, two of them are designed as technology development craft with 2001 and 2002 as their serial numbers. Four other modified versions of the J-20 then emerged in 2014.

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