China has launched the world’s largest amphibious aircraft-AG600. The massive construction has features that leaves it best described as half boat-half airplane.
The gigantic seaplane was unveiled in Zhuhai, southern China on Saturday. The aircraft will be useful for marine rescue missions and forest fire fighting.
The celebrated world’s largest amphibious aircraft took 7 years of construction to be completed. It was designed that the aircraft can take off from land or water.
China media mentions that the aircraft is indeed a great achievement for Chinese aviation. The world’s largest amphibious aircraft-AG600 was created by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the State aircraft maker.
AVIC has equally constructed both the C919 and Y-20- a heavy transport aircraft capable of carrying over 60 tonnes of military equipment. At the moment, about 400 of them are undergoing construction. They will be completed and delivered in 2017.
The C919 is China’s first large passenger aircraft. C919 carries up to 168 passengers. It was completed in November 2015 but is expected to commence operation later in the year or by early 2017.
The plane’s chief designer says that the new world’s largest amphibious aircraft will make rescue missions a whole lot easier.
“When people fall into water, the prime time for rescuing them should be within two to seven hours. After receiving the call, we can quickly take off, land on the water surface directly, and help the victims on to the plane even under inclement weather conditions such as encountering two-meter high waves.”- Huang Lingcai, Chief Designer.
According to the makers, the aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a flight range of up to 4,500kms; it cruises at 500kms, and can as well pick up as much as 12 tonnes of water within 20 seconds.
The aircraft which is almost the size of a Boeing 737 will soon undergo a test run.