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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.
originally posted by: imod02
Seems to be about C 130 size, not very big compaired to the flying boats of years gone by