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Largest Amphibious Plane Has Maiden Flight

The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, China’s AG600, has made a successful one-hour maiden flight

BBC

The plane, roughly the size of a Boeing 737 but with four turboprop engines, lifted off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong.

The plane can carry 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. It has firefighting and marine rescue duties but also military applications, which could be put to use in the disputed South China Sea region.

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The AG600, codenamed Kunlong, can reach the southernmost edge of China’s territorial claims in the area.

State media Xinhua described the plane as “protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs.”

The plane has been eight years in development, has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a wingspan of 38.8m (127ft).

There are 17 orders already from within China.

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