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The Liaoning: China's First Aircraft Carrier


The Liaoning: China's First Aircraft Carrier

  • Soviet-made Varyag model built in the 1980s
  • Purchased from Ukraine, without engine, electronics or propeller in 1998
  • China originally said it would be turned into a floating casino
  • Length: 300 meters
  • Speed: About 30 knots, or 56 kilometers per hour
  • Size: Capable of holding 50 aircraft
  • Could be years before it is able to handle aircraft, analysts say
  • Named after China's northeast Liaoning Province, where ship was refitted
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