China claims maiden flight of amphibious aircraft; heres more on it
China claims to have successfully carried out the maiden flight of its first indigenous amphibious aircraft.
The aircraft is also said to be world’s largest of its kind and it took off from southern Guangdong Province.
The aircraft AG600, code named “Kunlong”, lifted off from the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Guangdong and the flight lasted for about an hour.
The 39.6-meter aircraft is powered by four domestically- built turboprop engines, according to its developer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
With a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a top cruising speed of 500 kilometers per hour, the AG600 has a range of 12 hours.
Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600 will be mainly used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires and marine monitoring, media sources reported.
It can carry 50 people during search-and-rescue missions, collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds for fire fighting and transport up to 370 tonnes of water on a single tank of fuel.
Its name “Kunlong” stands for a high expectation in Chinese culture with the “Kun” meaning an enormous legendary fish and “Long” a dragon. >