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AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China

AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China 24 December, 2017

The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, AG600 known as 'Kunlong' in China, made its one hour long maiden flight.  Powered by four turboprop engines, the AG600 can carry 50 people during maritime search-and-rescue missions. It had previously been scheduled to make its first flight earlier this year but it is unclear why it was delayed after ground tests took place in April. State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircraft.  The aircraft has received 17 orders so far from Chinese government departments and companies. It has a maximum flight range of 2,800 miles and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons. It can use conventional airports and also land and take-off from the sea.

AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China

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