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Sat Oct 20, 2018, 06:42 PM

Bigger Boat: Worlds Largest Amphibious Aircraft Makes Maiden Water Take-Off & Landing (VIDEO)

Published time: 20 Oct, 2018 16:46
Edited time: 20 Oct, 2018 18:18

China’s new flying boat, the AG600, has successfully performed a water take-off and landing for the very first time. The plane is said to be the largest amphibious aircraft currently in operation, equal in size to a Boeing 737.

The plane test was performed on Saturday outside the city of Jingmen in central China. Footage shows the colossal machine taking off on water, flying, landing and somewhat gracefully rolling ashore to take part in a ceremony marking the event.


The aircraft is designed for maritime rescue, long-range transport and firefighting operations. The machine can take up to 50 passengers on board and can take in some 12 tons of water in just 20 seconds. It can lift the water up to 50 meters altitude and extinguish fire in an area of over four square kilometers in one spray, according to state media.

“The current sea rescue is mainly conducted by vessels, and a limited number of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The emergency rescue mechanism, equipment and professional crew all need further enhancement,” said Lu Guangshan, chief engineer of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. “The AG600 is a step towards addressing the needs of both the maritime economy and forest firefighting. It could also boost China’s middle and long-range emergency sea-rescue abilities.

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https://www.rt.com/news/441836-chinese-flying-boat-test/

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Oct 20, 2018, 07:03 PM

1. This is great. Being a pilot I love things like this.

This aircraft has many uses and will be a great addition to aviation.

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Sat Oct 20, 2018, 08:19 PM

2. " It can lift the water up to 50 meters altitude " ???

50 meters is only around 150 feet - much of China's forests are that tall, if not taller . . . hell - it's service ceiling is 20,000 eet, what's the point if it can only lift the water 150 feet? - doesn't make any sense . . .

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/forest-height-map.html - clik on the image over China and check it out . . .

There is no mention of this 50m/150ft limit at wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVIC_AG600

or at another article I found from the UK - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/24/worlds-largest-amphibious-plane-ag600-make-successful-maiden/

I wonder if someone at RT messed up a translation?

Anyhoo - lots of pix at the telegraph link - that's one amazing plane!



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