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