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Successful J-15 Launch Inspired 'Carrier-Style' Online Craze Grips China.

PEKyN (CyHAN)- Chinese Internet users have been tirelessly imitating auspicious hand signals by crew members of the country's first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, in celebration of a successful J-15 launch, Xinhua reported.

In a cross between a genuflection and a two-fingered touchdown gesture from American football, two crew members on the carrier's flight deck gave a green light to the pilot of a Chinese J-15 fighter jet who succeeded in the country's first take-off and landing maneuver from such a vehicle.

Taking a close-up shot from images of crew members broadcast in 24-hour news coverage on China Central Television (CCTV) from Sunday to Monday, this unique flight deck signalling was soon imitated by Chinese Internet users in Chinese.

Dubbed "Carrier Style," it was deemed "cool, powerful and confident as well as amusing and comical" by netizens who uploaded pictures showing various takes on the gesture. "Carrier Style" rapidly eclipsed the online craze for the "Gangnam Style" music video after which it was named.


TV footage of J-15 taking off from aircraft carrier

Screenshots of Chinese imitating crew members of carrier


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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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