Chinese amphibious aircraft AG600 completes first taxiing test
People's Daily Online
By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online) 14:54, May 03, 2017
China's domestically developed amphibious aircraft AG600 completed its first ground test on April 29 in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. Experts believe that the aircraft's maiden flight is not far off.
During the test, the aircraft made a 180-degree turn on the runway, and its braking system was closely evaluated. In addition, the aircraft was tested on its ability to move in a straight line. All the systems were reported to be running properly.
The first ground test of the AG600 is not only a proud moment for the Chinese people, but also a noteworthy event around the world. Taiwan's United Daily News said that the AG600 is the largest amphibious aircraft in the world. In addition to marine rescues and forest fire-fighting operations, the aircraft can also carry out marine monitoring and protection.
The plane has a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons, and is able to drop 12 tons of water in 20 seconds. It can fly over 4,000 kilometers without stopping.
A source told the Global Times that the first ground test was successful, and the plane's first test flight is quickly approaching, though the latter milestone will be determined by the results of taxiing tests.
Meanwhile, according to information from the Shanghai Airport Authority, China-made jet airliner C919 has made the final preparations for its maiden flight, and is scheduled to perform a test takeoff in early May.
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