China’s Massive Amphibious Aircraft Rolls off Production Line

China's massive amphibious aircraft AG600 rolled off the assembly line and made its debut to the public on Saturday in Zhuhai City, south China's Guangzhou Province.

The giant aircraft, almost 40 meters wide and three floors high, is expected to be used for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescue missions.

The half-plane and half-boat amphibian can land almost anywhere within the Chinese territory on the South China Sea if it takes off from China's southernmost Hainan Province, or vice versa.

The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a maximum flight range of 4,500 km, according to the state aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

The AG600 is by far the world's largest amphibian aircraft, about the size of a Boeing 737, according to AVIC deputy general manager Geng Ruguang.
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