Chinese netizens always refer to maiden flight as 首飞, and first flight as 第一飞。Is this the SAC J-35 preparing for its maiden flight or yet another hyped post in the Chinese social media?
"Shenyang test station message, is preparing for the first flight of the year"
Or is it simply the rear of FC-31 no. 31003?
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Chinese netizens always refer to maiden flight as 首飞, and first flight as 第一飞。
Since the original Chinese article is using the words first flight rather than maiden flight, then you got the idea.
Having saying that, there is still a possibility of a maiden flight though I would I think it is a very slim possibility in regard to this particular article, i.e. it may refer to first flight of the year for 31003.
I expect the first prototype of J35 will first appear in taxi run test rather than a maiden flight.