The sailors and air crew lined up on the ski jump of the Liaoning for a video celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the goat. Photos from the video offer the latest shots of the aircraft carrier first published in the U.S. by Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer in Popular Science.
China is using the Liaoning to test its J-15 fighter fleet as it continues to improve the aircraft's ability to operate off a carrier deck.
China broadcast the video of the Liaoning crew weeks after reports surfaced that China is designing its second aircraft. Asian Defense and Diplomacy released Google Earth satellite images that show China building a model aircraft carrier in the Wuhan Province.