China: China’s amphibian aircraft, stated to be the world’s largest, has successfully passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year.
The aircraft officially called AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai last July, and has since undergone a series of rigorous tests. Between February 11 and 13, all four of its engines performed excellently in tests, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday quoting China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co.
The 37-metre-long plane with a wingspan of 38.8 metres, is by far the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, it said. It is meant to support emergency response efforts.