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World's largest amphibious aircraft to take maiden flight in May

2017-03-30 16:21:00 (Beijing Time)         Chinadaily.com.cn

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The state aircraft manufacturer said that engineers are finalizing preparations for the test flight. The plane has already passed a series of tests on its systems, equipment and engine.

AVIC has spent almost eight years developing the AG600, which is roughly the size of a Boeing 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires. It has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons.

The aircraft was displayed at the Zhuhai Airshow, China's biggest gathering of aircraft manufactures and buyers in November last year.