Everyday we hear about multiple breeds of air borne vehicles being rolled out or are in the experimental phase.
Latest is the China’s homegrown AG600 which is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft which is also known as ‘Kunlong’. This aircraft took its maiden flight on Sunday (24th Dec 2017) from Jinwan Airport in China’s Guangdong province.
With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. It can take off from conventional aircrafts including landing and takeoff from the sea. It has a maximum flight range of 4500 kms (2800 miles).
The plane has been in testing and development phase for 8 years by state owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) before its maiden flight and is considered a step up part of military modernization. This aircraft is specially developed keeping in view the dispute over South China Sea.
The aircraft has received 17 orders from Chinese government and companies.