Chinese amphibious aircraft AG600 “Keelung” made the first takeoff from the sea surface. Test aircraft took place on 26 July and found to be successful, according to the CGTN.
The testing took place in the Yellow sea off the coast of Qingdao in Shandong province. The aircraft first flew from the sea surface, but landed on a ground airfield. A total of AG600 was held in the air for 31 minutes.
Note that AG600 was already tested on the water, but all the past tests were conducted in Hubei province in the reservoir on the river Zhuanghe, i.e. fresh water. Initial tests at sea should give developers data on the impact of the aggressive marine environment on the airframe, its components and assemblies. It will also test the controllability of the aircraft under various sea conditions.
Chinese amphibian “Keelung” (AG600) has been developed since 2009. Flight testing began in 2017, the tests on the water – 2018.
The plane is designed for fighting fires and conducting rescue operations on the water. It is equipped with four turboprop engines, able to stay aloft for up to 12 hours. Maximum takeoff weight AG600 53.5 tons, hull length of 39.3 meters, wingspan — 38.8 per meter and a maximum range of 4.5 thousand kilometers. Today is the biggest plane-an amphibian, not only in China but throughout the world.
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