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US News Successful first take-off for the world's largest seaplane

13:22  31 july  2020
13:22  31 july  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The world ’ s largest amphibian seaplane , the Chinese AG600, made its first flight from Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. The islands help China monitor traffic in the South China Sea , which will form a protective belt not only for the Chinese mainland but also a bastion the

The world ' s largest and newest seaplane completed its maiden voyage over water last weekend. It’s one thing to build the biggest seaplane since Howard Hughes’s famed Spruce Goose; it’s Construction was complete in July of 2016, and the seaplane would make its first successful flight

Premier décollage réussi pour le plus grand hydravion au monde © Marina Lystseva / Getty Images Successful first take-off for the world's largest seaplane At 37 meters long, the AG600 “Kunlong” is the largest seaplane in the world. world. In particular, it will be used as a water bomber to fight forest fires.

At 37 meters long and 39 meters wingspan, the AG600 is the largest seaplane in the world. This Chinese aircraft also called the Kunlong, (dragon in Mandarin) made its maiden flight on July 26th. The massive aircraft took off from the Yellow Sea near the coast of Shandong Province in the north of the People's Republic. After a 31-minute flight, the plane touched down safely on the ocean.

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The AG600 seaplane , developed indigenously by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) For the test flight that took place on July 26, 2020, the aircraft stayed airborne for about 31 minutes. It is significantly larger than any other operating aircraft designed to land on and take off from water

China has completed production of the world ’ s largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country’s program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. It is regarded as by far the largest seaplane ever built although it only ever made one flight, in 1947.

This seaplane is the result of a project launched in 2017 by the Chinese manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). Despite its impressive size, the aircraft can travel at a speed of 550 kilometers per hour using four turboprop engines. In addition, the aircraft has a range of 4,500 kilometers.

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According to Chinese government news agency Xinhua , the Kunlong will be intended to be a water bomber. According to the manufacturer, its hold can carry up to 12 tonnes of liquid. It will therefore be mainly used to extinguish forest fires in hard-to-reach areas. The device can also be used in maritime rescue operations. This seaplane can indeed accommodate more than 50 passengers.

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The world ' s largest airplane is explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Howard Hughes' infamous H-4 Hercules seaplane (aka Spruce Goose), which took off for its one and only, 1 -mile ( 1 .6-kilometer) flight in 1947, still holds the record for wingspan at nearly 320 feet (97.5 meters) [source

China has just taken the wraps off the world ' s largest amphibious plane to enter service. AVIC says that the AG600 is aimed mostly at the domestic market, with 17 orders placed for the giant plane so far. Its unveiling follows the completed production of China's first large passenger aircraft, the

However, from the US military believe that this seaplane could also be used for military purposes. Indeed, the equipment on board the aircraft may be modified according to the requirements of a given mission. Experts believe that the Kunlong will be a very effective tool for the Chinese military. It will be able to easily serve the Paracel Islands located in the South China Sea. These islands are at the heart of territorial disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines for example. The seaplane could also drop anti-submarine mines to protect this archipelago. Fears denied by the Chinese government, which assures that the Kunlong will be strictly used by civil aviation. Its entry into service is scheduled for 2022.

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