China’s first seaplane AG600 makes water based test flight
- October 22, 2018
China’s first large amphibious plane AG600, developed and built by State-owned aircraft giant Aviation Industry Corp of China, made its first water-based test flight on October 20.
The AG600 is 36.9 metres long and has a wingspan of 38.8 metres, roughly the size of a Boeing 737. Powered by four domestically designed WJ-6 turboprop engines, it has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes.
The aircraft is designed for land and water takeoffs and landings, and has an operational range of more than 4,000 kilometers. It is capable of carrying 50 people, besides the crew.
Leng Yixun, a senior project manager in charge of the AG600, said on Saturday after the water test that AVIC is poised to speed up the aircraft’s flight tests and plans to deliver it to users as soon as possible.