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  • #16
    A little off topic the Spruce Goose is about 30 miles North of me. Howard Hughes built it. Powered by radial engines, could have been twins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXZQewzdWzA

    At one time Amphibious BIG planes where not that uncommon. Kudos to the Chinese and Russian on those fine flying machines.

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    • #17
      2nd test flight:

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      • #18
        http://www.janes.com/article/80066/c...livery-by-2022

        China's locally built and developed AG600 amphibious aircraft is expected to be available for delivery to customers by 2022, the state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) as saying on 13 May.

        "We are endeavouring to get the airworthiness certification from the civil aviation authorities by 2021, and deliver it [the aircraft] to the customers by 2022," said AG600 chief designer Huang Lingcai, who did not name any countries as possible customers.

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        • #19
          AG600 taxiing on water:

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          • #20
            Originally posted by pla View Post
            AG600 taxiing on water:

            Welcome to 1937 and Pan American Airways. your next flight to Wake island is saturday

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            • #21
              AG600 took off from water for the first time:

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              • #22
                Nice.
                Be interesting to see what kind of takeoff distance it's getting, not much can beat the ShinMaywa US-2 for that with it's blown wing configuration.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Snowfella View Post
                  Nice.
                  Be interesting to see what kind of takeoff distance it's getting, not much can beat the ShinMaywa US-2 for that with it's blown wing configuration.
                  In this longer video below you can see it took about 20 seconds to take off from water. I don't know what kinda of distance that reflects:
                  From 5:58 to 6:19



                  In its first flight on land, it took about 16 seconds to take off:

                  starts at 1:26:46

                  Last edited by pla; 21-10-2018, 04:38 PM.

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                  • #24
                    I think it is a beautiful aircraft but a big seaplane has a small market and this is an expensive project already eight years old and the plane won't be ready for customers until after 2022. I've read there are already 17 or 18 (two sources) ordered but they don't say who the customer is. I think the big customer is the Chinese military because I can't see why such a large plane would be built for a small market? The Spratly Clipper?

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                    • #25
                      It looks good I must confess. But this is all I can say about it. Don't know much about systems and such.

                      I also doubt it having a business case.


                      Most probably pure military, I read an article where they made some connections to the China sea issue regarding this a/c.

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