China's home-grown AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight.
The plane, codenamed 'Kunlong' according to state news agency Xinhua, took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after roughly an hour-long flight.
With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127 feet) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.
Falcon, Ilkley Moor Bah Tat, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
The Martin JRM Mars is the worlds largest Amphibious Aircraft, 61 Metre Wingspan
HKer, Hong Kong, China, 1 day ago
Comments are so sour. May be the US should ask China to sell them some to fight the California fires that make the Yanks feeling hapless and helpless.
davidhoffman5, Warner Robins, United States, 21 hours ago
While these aircraft are impressive, aerial water drops are not the primary method of fighting wild fires. Ground forces cutting fire breaks are still the main method. Aerial drops are only used to slow down fires under certain conditions.