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China rolled out a new, giant amphibious aircraft

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posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 11:55 AM
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China rolled out a new amphibious aircraft from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) production line in Zhuhai on 23 July, state media announced.

With a wing span of 38.8 m and a length of 37 m, the four-turboprop AG600 is the largest 'flying boat' to have been built by China.

The Xinhua news agency quoted AVIC as saying that the aircraft has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 53.5 tonnes; a maximum cruising speed of 500 km per hour, a maximum flight range of 4,500 km, and a maximum endurance of 12 hours. It requires a stretch of water that is at least 1,500 m long, 200 m wide, and just 2.5 m deep from which to operate.


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posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 12:09 PM
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a reply to: anzha

The full Jane's report is pending. I'm interested to read that one.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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a reply to: anzha

ohhh, how about a video??



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posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 01:45 PM
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Seems to be about C 130 size, not very big compaired to the flying boats of years gone by



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 02:05 PM
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originally posted by: imod02
Seems to be about C 130 size, not very big compaired to the flying boats of years gone by


With the range of modern aircraft negating the need for flying boats that is no surprise. These are purpose built to support the fake islands in the South China Sea. Kind of like stepping back in time.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 02:09 PM
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A Winged Banana.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 02:14 PM
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Caspian Sea Monster (ekranoplan) was big but I dont know if it can be called an airplain, I have seen the newer small ekranoplan and have wondered why they never build a big one again



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 04:29 PM
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had to say it Hughes Spruce Goose, 200 tons, 24,000 shp. v 60 tons and 10000 hp.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 04:31 PM
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size isn't everything.

except in TVs and speakers.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 05:00 PM
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a reply to: imod02

It's about the size of a 737 so it's actually bigger than a C-130. I think the payload is smaller though.
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posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 05:26 PM
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I bet it can carry a big Tank! 55 ton.
if you see the video, it can carry a cabin for people.
it looks like a pod that they add.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 05:30 PM
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a reply to: buddha

The fuselage doesn't look wide enough, and there's no evidence of a cargo door big enough for a tank. The Y-20 was designed to carry large armored vehicles.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 05:46 PM
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Looks a bit like the C 130...got a 'vintage' look to it.



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 05:55 PM
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Doesn't Japan have something very similar to this?



posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 05:59 PM
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a reply to: justwanttofly

It's smaller. The ShinMaywa US-2. They just began foreign sales. It's about 109 feet long, with a 47,000 pound MTOW from land and about 43,000 from water.


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posted on Jul, 27 2016 @ 03:18 AM
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originally posted by: buddha
I bet it can carry a big Tank! 55 ton.
if you see the video, it can carry a cabin for people.
it looks like a pod that they add.



Tanks don't float, they will be fooked unloading it!



posted on Jul, 27 2016 @ 03:24 AM
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Hey zaph. How well you think a offensive laser would do against a cumbersom slow moving flying balsa wood tinder box?



posted on Jul, 27 2016 @ 10:01 AM
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Aerial refueling is so overrated. Refueling at sea, now that's the way of the future.



posted on Jul, 27 2016 @ 10:09 AM
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Flying boats are freakin' cool. In the early days of civil aviation when economy class didn't exist they were was luxurious as the Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin.




posted on Jul, 27 2016 @ 12:28 PM
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In Miami we used to have a Chalks Airlines.



They would take off using the port of miami channel to take off.

I remember my dad taking me to the island the planes took off from to see the planes leave and arrive.... that landing could be rough at times.




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