onsdag 3. mai 2017

China-Built World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft Gears Up for Maiden Flight

China’s massive Jiaolong (Water Dragon) AG600 seaplane–allegedly the world’s largest amphibious aircraft—has completed a taxiing test on April 29 in preparation for its maiden flight this month, according to Chinese state media.

The successful glide test was conducted in the Southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. Other tests and check-ups are under way, Xinhua news agency reports, citing the plane’s manufacturer, state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The aircraft is slated for its maiden flight on land in May followed by a flight on water in the second half of 2017. So far, AVIC has received orders to produce 17 aircraft, Xinhua news agency said. The company is expecting additional orders by the Chinese government for up to 53 additional planes in the coming years.