World's largest seaplane

China has completed what it describes as the world's largest seaplane.
The amphibious AG600 is about the size of a Boeing 737 and will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations. With a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons, the AG600 is the largest seaplane in the world. It has a reported flight range of 4,500 kilometers and can collect 12 tons of water in only 20 seconds. 


The Chinese plane, which is targeted at the domestic market, will be “very useful in developing and exploiting marine resources, environmental monitoring, resource detection and transportation”.
AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) has received 17 orders for the plane so far. - Xinhua




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