First Do­mes­tic Large Am­phibi­ous Air­craft

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De­cem­ber 24, Zhuhai, Guang­dong Province: China’s first home­grown large am­phibi­ous air­craft AG600 makes a smooth land­ing af­ter its maiden flight at the Jin­wan Civil Avi­a­tion Air­port.

Code named “Kun­long,” the plane com­pleted its maiden flight on the same day. “The maiden flight makes China among the few coun­tries ca­pa­ble of de­vel­op­ing a large am­phibi­ous air­craft,” said Huang Ling­cai, chief de­signer of the AG600.

De­signed to be the world’s largest am­phibi­ous air­craft, the AG600 will be mainly used for mar­itime res­cue, fight­ing for­est fires and ma­rine mon­i­tor­ing. It is the third mem­ber of China’s “large air­craft fam­ily” fol­low­ing the large freighter Y-20 and the large pas­sen­ger air­craft C919, which made maiden flights in 2013 and 2017, re­spec­tively.

by Wan Quan

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