Around 10: 00 o'clock yesterday, we journalists boarded on the No. 4035
large transporter, an aircraft belonging to a transport aviation division of the
PLA Air Force, and headed for the designated airdrop and air landing sites at
the Weibei Shooting Range to witness from the air the consecutive airdrop of 3
pieces of heavy equipment of the PLA Air Force, the first airdrop with
ammunitions by the PLA Air Force, and a debut appearance of a new type of
paratroops combat vehicle.
At 10:33am, the No 4035 Transporter carrying journalists took off from the
airport and climbed rapidly into the sky. After flying for some time through
some dense clouds, it entered the designated airdrop space.
At 11:25am, the transporter began to descend. Navigators Li Hui'an and Chen
Zhijian were busy calculating the time and distance, and as we looked down, we
could see clearly the vast expanse of green fields peppered with villages under
At 11:35am, the first transporter dropped 3 pieces of heavy equipment one
after another. One minute later, the second transporter began its airdrop; still
another minute later, the third transporter finished its drop of heavy
At 11:38am, the navigator of the transporter on which the journalists
boarded pressed the airdrop button, and three combat vehicles promptly slid out
of the cargo bay.
Meanwhile huge parachutes on the heavy equipment dropped from four
transporters all opened up. Several dozen seconds later, the heavy equipment
fell onto the ground. Instantly, the separation device on parachutes activated
and the parachutes flew away.
In a few minutes, 12 pieces of heavy equipment dropped by four transporters
of the PLA Air Force all landed safely at the designated dropping site.
By Zhang Jinyu and Liu Xing'an
(Aug. 26, PLA Daily)