06 May Amphibious, firefighting plane
The Aviation Industry Corp of China has unveiled the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in the hope of being able to handle forest fires more efficiently. The AG600 which is 37 metres long and has a wingspan of 38.8 metres can collect 12 tonnes of water in just 20 seconds on a single tank of fuel and make a series of water tank refills totalling 370 tonnes.
As well as fighting forest fires the AG600 will also be able to help maritime rescue operations. Although the plane will not make its maiden flight until late in May already the aircraft developer has received orders for 17 of them.