The US Marine Corps has confirmed that a mysterious jet spotted at one of its airbases is a replica of a cutting edge Chinese stealth fighter.
The aircraft, that is virtually identical to the Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon, was pictured at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, Georgia, last Wednesday.
The photograph was shared online sparking speculation that a Chinese pilot had defected with the jet or that it was a prop for the latest Top Gun movie.
Now, however, the United States Marine Corps has told the Aviationist that it is a full scale mock used for training.
Col. Emmanuel Haldopoulos, Commander of the Savannah Air Dominance Center, told the website: 'It is a full scale replica and remained at the Air Dominance Center for a short period during the week of 4-6 Dec.