18:36 GMT +321 November 2018
Listen Live
    Amphibious aircraft AG600 rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province.

    Flying Colossus: Chinese Aircraft AG600 Completes First Water Takeoff (VIDEO)

    © AP Photo / Xinhua/Liang Xu
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    3271

    The project was developed by the state-owned aircraft giant Aviation Industry Corporation of China. The AG600 with the code-name "Kunlong", made its very first flight in the coastal city of Zhuhai in December 2017.

    The Chinese-developed large amphibious aircraft AG600 completed its first water takeoff and landing in Jingmen in the central province of Hubei Saturday morning.

    Following the craft's successful water takeoff and landing, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent congratulatory messages to the developers, saying that the event "marked another significant achievement through independent innovation by China's aviation industry."

    The aircraft can carry up to 50 people and collect 12 tons of water in 20 seconds for firefighting, with a transport capability of up to 370 tons of water on a single tank of fuel.

    Related:

    Russia Developing Unmanned Seaplane - Source
    Ready to Launch: Genghis Khan Airlines Inks Deal for Chinese-Made Aircraft Fleet
    US Approves Sale of King Air 350ER Aircraft to Canada
    Tags:
    seaplane, aircraft, Xi Jinping, China
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik